Catarman Northern Samar– The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Northern Samar First District Engineering Office actively participated in the task force “Operation Baklas,” aimed at removing prohibited campaign materials as per the regulations set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

This initiative was in compliance with Comelec rules and was undertaken in preparation for the upcoming October 30, 2023, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataang Elections.

The task force, in its First Operation Baklas, was mandated to dismantle and clear away unauthorized election materials that were displayed outside the designated areas.

District Engineer Mario D. Villena emphasized the importance of this operation, stating that the unlawful election posters, especially those obstructing major highways and public spaces beyond the authorized posting zones, needed immediate removal.

To efficiently carry out this task, the district office mobilized five (5) teams, each comprising dedicated DPWH maintenance workers, members of the Philippine National Police, and COMELEC personnel. These teams were strategically deployed to identify and remove any illegal election paraphernalia found along major thoroughfares and in public places.”

The District Office’s proactive participation in Operation Baklas demonstrates its commitment to ensuring a safe and compliant electoral environment.