Why was the new bill called “The Anti-Epal Law”?
Epal is a Filipino term which means one who likes to always be in the scene or be given attention in things that don’t concern them. A new bill filed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago will address these annoyances, but politicians in particular.
It has become a sore sight to see politicians plastering their names and faces on their projects funded by taxpayers. The Anti-Signage of Public Works Act filed by Sen. Santiago will prohibit public officials to affix their names or image on their projects.
Santiago said that appending the names of officials on public works projects either funded or facilitated through their office is “unnecessary and highly unethical.” Further, crediting individuals instead of the government on such projects promotes a culture of political patronage and corruption, and diminishes the concept of continuity of good governance said Santiago.
Thus, the bill allows only signs and billboards that bear the name, image or logo of the local or national government agency handling the project.