Govt, NGOs Mark Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

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Govt, NGOs Mark Lead Poisoning Prevention Week


Government and non-government organizations are observing this year's International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action with activities geared at minimizing, if not eliminating, preventable sources of human exposure to toxic lead.

First held in 2013, the Week of Action, spearheaded by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Health Organization, is supported by partners in the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, including the US Environmental Protection Agency and IPEN (a civil society network for a toxic-free future).

The observance of the Week of Action in the Philippines began Friday at the "Kamayan para sa Kalikasan" Forum organized by the Green Convergence at the Kamayan Restaurant in Mandaluyong City.

The forum highlighted the concerted efforts to phase out lead-containing architectural, decorative and household (ADH) paints by Dec 31, 2016, in line with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order 2013-24.

Comprising the panelists were government, industry and civil society leaders representing the key sectors behind the country's ongoing drive to eliminate lead paint, including Emmanuelita Mendoza of the DENR - Environmental Management Bureau, Vergel Dyoco of the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers and Manny Calonzo of the toxics watch group EcoWaste Coalition.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the EcoWaste Coalition and its partner community and youth groups will hold a "Zombie Run" at Quezon Memorial Circle to dramatize the need to protect vulnerable groups, particularly children, from lead paint hazards, as well as to press for industry compliance to the looming phase-out deadline for leaded ADH paints. …

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