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Ecowaste coalition reminds public anew to exercise caution on buying toys

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Hazardous toys

Rather than being stingy, mothers Rachel Santos and Danielle Sendeña have always prioritized safety when buying toys for their children.

“Makikita mo naman ‘yun kapag makulay, mabaho [laruan], hindi ako bumibili ng mga ganoon (You can tell by its bright colors, strong smell, I don’t buy those kinds of toys),” said Santos

Sendeña is equally conscious of the type of toys she buys.  “Ayoko ng pellet gun lalo na malikot siya, baka makasakit siya (I don’t like pellet guns, especially when he’s frisky, he might hurt someone),” she said.

For the Ecowaste Coalition, the health and safety of children should always be considered in buying and selling toys.

“Whether mura man ‘yan or mahal, eh mahalaga ‘yung mga palatandaan para makasiguro tayo na ligtas ‘yung produktong bibilhin nila. At ang isa diyan nga ay dapat kumpleto ‘yung labeling requirements na naaayon dito sa ating batas,” said Thony Dizon of Ecowaste Coalition.

(Whether it’s cheap or expensive, what’s important are the signs that ensure the safety of the products we are buying. And one of these is the complete labeling requirements that are in accordance with the law.)

The group once again reminds the public to always check if:

– the toy is appropriate for a child’s age
– the product is lead-free
– the toy is durable
– there is no small parts that a child might swallow
– the toy has tags and is registered
– the toy is not made of PVC
– the toy does not exceed 12 inches in length
– the toy has no sharp parts that can harm a child

The group also calls on the implementation of Republic Act Number 10620 or the Toy and Game Safety Law which was signed by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2013.

“Dapat ay mas magiging matingkad, mas magiging agresibo ‘yung mga implementors nitong batas na ‘to. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa napipinal ‘yung implementing rules and regulation,” Dizon said.

(The implementors of this law should be more aggressive. Up to now the implementing rules and regulations are yet to be finalized.)

R.A. 10620 guarantees that packages of toys have pertinent information of the toy – the materials used in its production and its manufacturer. – Abi Santa Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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Government agencies, EcoWaste Coalition conduct ‘Iwas-Paputok’ campaign in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —By launching a parade, the EcoWaste Coalition has called on the public to avoid using fireworks for the coming new year.

Various government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and barangay officials joined the group.

The group urged the public to use alternative noise-producing tools like pots, ukelele, maracas, tambourine and other objects that do not contain poisonous chemicals.

They also appealed to the public to no longer use pyrotechnics.

“Kung sobra-sobra ‘yung pailaw ay talaga namang napakagrabe ‘nung air pollution na nililikha nito (too much fireworks can cause serious air pollution),” said EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.

“Kaya papansinin mo ‘yung iba nagre-red eye, magkakasipon, biglang uubuhin o kaya mamamalat. Kahit wala namang infection namamalat and worse doon sa mga pasyente natin na may hika na, o kaya may COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at kahit heart disease,” said Dr. Maricar Limpin, an internist-pulmonologist.

(If you notice, some people will get a red-eye, start having colds and cough or suddenly has a hoarse voice without an infection. Worse if the patient has asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and even heart disease.)

Department of Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana said that there is a need for a more intensified campaign as illegal selling and use of firecrackers still abound.

“Ang DOH kasama din ang PNP at saka ang local chief executive lalo na ‘yung mga barangay natin, kasama natin sa nagmomonitor sa mga maliliit na tindahan na marami pa rin nakakalusot,” said the assistant secretary.

(The DOH, together with PNP and the local chief executive of the barangay, is helping us in monitoring small stores, but many still manage to slip through.)

Police forces are also on maximum deployment from December 31 to January 1.

So far, they are yet to monitor any illegal use of firecrackers or fireworks display.

“Tigilan na ang pagbebenta ng illegal na paputok para din sa mga tao. Minsan kasi parang nagkakasayahan na nakakalimutan na ‘yung security, ‘yung kaligtasan noong iba(Stop the sale of illegal fireworks for the public’s sake. Sometimes in the revelry, the safety and security of others are overlooked.)  ,” said MPD Deputy Police Community Relations P/CInsp. Gary Ocampo. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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DOH, Ecowaste Coalition launch Iwas Paputoxic Campaign

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – With the aim of protecting the public, especially young children from harm, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Ecowaste Coalition, Tuesday, launched the Iwas Paputoxic Campaign.

The group first went to Marcelo H. del Pilar Elementary School in Quezon City for the first salvo of the campaign.

Aside from explaining to the children the harm brought by firecrackers to one’s body, the group also taught the children awareness on the damage firecrackers can bring to the environment with the pollution they create.

“We consider firecrackers and fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices as toxins. Toxic siya sa hangin (toxic to air) , toxic siya tao (toxic to humans), toxic siya sa environment (toxic to the environment),” said Aileen Lucero, national coordinator of Ecowaste Coalition.

The DOH said although the chemicals such as lead, sodium nitrate, magnesium and other compounds give firecrackers a colorful display when lit, they are hazardous when inhaled.

“Mataas pa rin ang (there’s still a high) risk of [developing] asthma and pulmonary respiratory infections,” DOH Asec. Maria Francia Laxamana said.

Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana adds that firecracker-related cases in 2016 have gone down by 32% as compared to that of 2015.

“Ang goal natin ng 2017 dapat zero injuries, zero deaths, dapat wala na (our goal for 2017 is zero injuries, zero deaths. There should be none),” Laxamana said.

The students of Marcelo H. del Pilar Elementary School promised not use firecrackers.

“Kasi po nakakasira po ng katawan (because it’s bad for our health),” Grade 6 student, Armilyn David Paulino said.

While Grade 5 studen,t Eugene Olonan said, “Para po iwas disgrasya (to stay away from accidents).”

The DOH and the Ecowaste Coalition encourage the youth to use alternative noise producing items such as pots, horns and whistles instead of firecrackers. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Ecowaste Coalition campaigns for healthy and waste-free meals in schools

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines — Based on data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, 5% of Filipino children aged five to ten suffer from overweight and obesity.

That’s why together with the Department of Education (DepEd) are other groups that promote healthy diet in schools.

Alongside the celebration of the Nutrition Month, Ecowaste Coalition and Sto. Cristo Elementary School in Quezon City presented healthy “baon” ideas for children.

Sto. Cristo Elementary School is known for serving brown rice in their canteen and monitoring their students’ meals.

“Our students, at their young age, should learn to [eat nutritious foods]. A habit that will carry into adulthood so they can lead healthy lives,” Sto. Cristo Elementary School principal, Antonio Miranda said.

Under DepEd Order No. 13 series of 2017, foods and drinks are categorized in color codes to guide schools in making available healthy, nutritious and affordable menu choices.


Foods and drinks in the green category should always be available in school canteens.

Those in the yellow category may be served once or twice a week only.

While those in the red category are not recommended in canteen menu.

Ecowaste Coalition says foods in the green category are not only nutritious but also reduce the volume of garbage.

“If these are what we’ll eat, we are able to avoid the use of rubbers; we avoid the use of plastics. We also avoid using straws in drinks and many more,” Ecowaste Coalition Zero Waste campaigner Daniel Alejandre said.

Meanwhile, students are in favor of the policy on healthy food and beverage choices in schools.

“This is really important because if you’re healthy, that would affect your studies. If you’re unhealthy, how will you be able to concentrate on your studies and reviews?” said student, Julianne Sales . – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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