Anti-Graffiti campaign still on

BAGUIO CITY – Media partners agreed to provide support for the anti-graffiti information and education campaign, it was known during the regular Alay Sa Kalinisan (ASK) meeting at city hall.

Baguio City Broadcasters Club (BCBC) member Andrei Amadeo, Kapisanan ng mga Broadkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) member Rene Sales and city information officer Gaby Keith vowed all out support with all colleagues in broadcast and print media against graffiti inscription on buildings and walls in the city.

Volunteers under Fr. Mel Carreon and Manny Blando would inspect, evaluate and repaint graffiti; while civic group UP Baguio Rotaract submitted a project plan to coordinate with the Anti-Graffiti Task Force (AGTF) and city tourism office for the graffiti paint-over at the Baguio Convention Center mini-forest fences, AGTF coordinator Ross Goze reported.

Goze also reported on donated white paint and brushes for field operations, with some City Treasurers Office personnel assisting in office work.

Barangay reports on monitoring and notice to remove graffiti are awaited, Goze added, with some barangays unable to send volunteers for training on anti-graffiti. Volunteers willing to undergo training are therefore urged to contact the Anti-Graffiti Task Force through Goze for scheduling, he said.

Volunteers are needed to inspect renewed graffiti on fence walls, electric posts, communication boxes, steel gates, street and tourism signs. There is a need for notifications and approval for removal of graffiti on government office walls, such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Information, Communication and Transportation (DICT), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Baguio Engineering District, Engineering Office, Baguio City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT), other establishments such as the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company, Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) and waiting sheds. An inventory is needed for the barangays, it was known.

Penalties and/or imprisonment awaits persons caught marking, etching, painting or printing signs on walls, fences, public and private properties, which are considered vandalism and public nuisance. /Julie G. Fianza


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