by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
EcoWaste Coalition has listed several school supplies containing cadmium and lead which are harmful to students.
The environment group alerted consumers against purchasing school supplies laced with hazardous substances such as cadmium and lead.
“While many school supplies are generally harmless, there are some items that contain undisclosed chemicals that are banned or restricted in children’s toys because of their harmful effects on children’s health and the environment, too,” stated Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) lead and cadmium are included in the list of “10 chemicals of major public health concern.”
Among the samples found to contain high concentrations of lead were:
An Artex Fine Water Colors (bright yellow cake), 86,000 ppm
A yellow painted metal water container with Minions design, 65,500 ppm
A red coated hair clip, 42,600 ppm
A yellow painted metal water container with Rabbit design, 39,300 ppm
A yellow coated hair clip, 15,800 ppm
A backpack with Ultraman design, 12,100 ppm
An MPC Classique Water Colors (light yellow cake), 4,914 ppm
A bag tag with a Doraemon design, 3,659 ppm
A yellow Fairyland crayon, 3,191 ppm
A bag tag with Superman design, 2,361 ppm
A backpack with Ben 10 design, 1,908
A backpack with Hello Kitty design, 1,879 ppm
“Parents should be on the lookout for these items that may contain hazardous chemicals such as cadmium, lead, and phthalates,” Dizon said.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Masakazu Nose used to run a small takoyaki store in Baguio City.
Born in Tokushima, Japan, Masakazu is known to be a silent man in his 40’s. Some people would even describe him as gentle.
He came to the Philippines in April 2014 to learn English. One month later, he began cleaning overpasses along Magsaysay Avenue, Abanao Street, and lower Session Road.
Every morning, with a pair of tongs in one hand and a garbage bag in the other, Masakazu would go around the streets collecting trash like candy wrappers and plastic cups.
Masakazu even bought paints at his own expense to repaint walls. In a report, he said he did these things because he has time to spare.
This earned the admiration of the locals as well as the media. He was interviewed by various news outlets. Netizens still continue to share their admiration for Masakazu a few years after he first became viral.
After staying in the Philippines for three years, Masakazu returned to Japan to manage an oil soba store near Okubo station in Tokyo.
But he has never forgotten about his life in the Philippines, which he calls his second home.
Masazaku will return on August 1-3 to clean up the city—this time, he is inviting everyone.
“Let’s clean up the city together!” his Facebook post reads.—AAC
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has vowed not to sell Manila Zoo during his inspection in the area on Thursday (July 4).
“We will never sell Manila Zoo. It will be run by the local government unit. No matter how, we are going to modernize to address the demands of our time,” according to Moreno.
Despite being closed to the public for six months since January, the facility still has no sewerage treatment plant (STP).
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shut down the operations of Manila Zoo after discovering it is contributing waste in Manila Bay.
Aside from the STP, Manila Zoo also needs a proper drainage system and water pipes.
Domagoso said there is no timeline yet on the reopening of Manila Zoo since the facility needs to pass DENR standards. He added that they would still need to manage the budget to construct an STP.
“Kung next month, na-comply namin iyong problema or requirements ng DENR, sa amin, bilang local government, we’ll open (If we are able to comply with the DENR requirements by next month, we will resume operation),” he said. —AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
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