WHO, nanawagan sa iba’t ibang bansa na i-phase out ang paggamit ng lead paint

admin   •   October 23, 2013   •   3423


Ang mga datos na ito ay ilan lamang sa mga dahilan kung bakit nananawagan ang World Health Organization ng pag-phase out o pagpapatigil ng paggamit sa lead. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nanawagan ang World Health Organization (WHO) sa tuluyang pag-phase out sa paggamit ng mga lead paint dahil sa masamang epekto nito sa kalusugan ng tao.

Taon-taon, umaabot sa 143,000 ang namamatay dahil sa lead poisoning, habang anim na raang libong kaso naman sa mga batang na exposed sa lead ay nagkakaroon ng intellectual disabilities.

Sa buong mundo, 30 bansa pa lamang ang matagumpay na nakapag-phase out sa paggamit ng lead paint.

Ayon kay Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health and Environment ng WHO, target ng organisasyon na sa taong 2015 ay umabot pa ito sa 70.

“We are calling on every country to ensure national actions to eliminate lead paint, in some of the countries where there have been public information campaigns about lead paint, several paint manufacturers have taken voluntary action to stop adding lead compounds to their decorative paints.”

Ayon sa mga eksperto, direktang sinisira ng lead ang utak at central nervous system ng isang tao na maaaring mauwi sa coma, kombulsyon at maging sa kamatayan.

Sinomang nakaligtas sa pagkalason lalo na sa mga bata ay nagkakaroon ng problema sa pagiisip at maging sa paguugali.

Payo ng Toxicologist na si Dr. Irma Makalinao , iwasang ipagamit lalo na sa mga bata ang anumang kwarto at maging silid aralan na pininturahan gamit ang lead paint.

“Kahit anung amount ng lead pwede itong makaapekto sa kanila, so kinakailangan talaga na mabawasan ang exposure ng mga batang ito sa lead.”

Inamin naman ng Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers, Inc. (PAPM) na hindi madali na maialis agad sa industriya ang paggamit ng lead, ngunit tiniyak ng mga ito na gagawan nila ng paraan upang hindi na ito magamit sa paggawa ng anumang pintura.

“Yung pagtanggal ng lead medyo complicated kasi siya, kaya kailangang mag-advise ng advisory,” pahayag ni PAPM Secretary Diosdado Cheng.

Ayon kay Jeiel Guarino, National Communication and Policy Officer ng Ecowaste Coalition, ilalapit nila sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na madaliin ang pagapruba sa chemical control order sa paggamit ng lead at lead paints.

“The call of WHO sa ban ng lead on 2015 is attainable, I seriously believe the Philippines thru the DENR cco will be on a map.” (Mon Jocson / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DENR targets ‘swimmable’ Manila Bay by end of 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   November 14, 2019

Volunteers collect rubbish along the shore during the launch of the Manila Bay rehabilitation in Manila, Philippines, 27 January 2019. Thousands of volunteers and government workers gathered at Manila Bay to launch an inter-agency program effort to rehabilitate the waters dubbed as ‘Battle for Manila Bay’. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants to improve the quality of water in Manila Bay to make it “swimmable” by the end of the year.

On Wednesday (November 13), DENR tested water sample from a creek near the DENR-NCR office in East Avenue, Quezon City.

An organic solution which is said to reduce pollution level in water has been applied.

“Its 100% organic so pwede siyang inumin ng tao, pwedeng inumin ng hayop, (so it could be consumed by humans and animals),” explained CHC Agritect Archieval Cabral.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu personally witnessed the solution’s effect on the contaminated water.

Cimatu said the agency plans to study whether the solution can be used to rehabilitate Manila Bay.

The DENR targets to make its water swimmable or safe for recreation before the end of the year.

“Ang first ano natin is ma-cleanup ang Manila Bay, ang fecal coliform. Iyon ang pinaka-target natin na mapababa, (First, we need to clean up Manila Bay’s fecal coliform content. That’s what we are targeting to reduce,)” Cabral said.

The DENR plans to construct three outfalls and a treatment plant near the Manila Yacht Club in Roxas Boulevard to help reduce pollution in Manila Bay.

“Especially kung nandyan na yung treatment plant talagang bababa na iyon, (Especially if the treatment plant is already working, [coliform content] will be further reduced),” Cimatu said.

“Kasi yung mga matataas na coliform diyan mati-treat nito (Because if coliform content is high, the facility will treat the water),” he assured.

The DENR will commission at least 2,000 personnel to maintain cleanliness in creeks across Metro Manila that discharge water to Manila Bay.

“Kasi kahit maglinis-linis tayo sa dagat kung tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagbaba ng garbage coming from the esteros, ay ganun pa rin, (Even if we do clean up drives but garbage disposals coming from the esteros continue, the situation will remain the same),” Secretary Cimatu said.

“So, we have to solve the problem from the sources,” he added. – MNP (with EXCLUSIVE interview by Rey Pelayo)

DENR 7 rescues two green sea turtles in Naga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 6, 2019

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Visayas has rescued two sea turtles in Tinaan, Naga City.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) in Argao rescued the two sea turtles after they were found trapped in a fisherman’s net near the shoreline.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has declared green sea turtles as endangered. It is also one of the largest sea turtles in the world.

“The captured green sea turtles or Chelonia mydas measured (1) 57 centimeters long and 52 centimeters wide and (2) 69 centimeters long and 64 centimeters wide,” the DENR Central Visayas said on the Facebook page.

They also urged the public to help protect all wildlife and endangered species.—AAC

DENR tells LGUs: Use geohazard maps to strengthen disaster management

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

Government troops and civilians work together during the retrieval operations in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reminded local government units (LGU) to use geological hazard maps as a guide to strengthen their disaster preparedness and management.

The DENR made the call following strong earthquakes and incessant rains being experienced in Mindanao.

In a statement, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said it is highly imperative for LGUs, especially those in Mindanao, to take a look at the geohazard maps prepared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and take note of areas declared as highly susceptible for flooding and landslide.

He said the continuous occurrences frequent rain shower “could aggravate things” in parts of Mindanao that are still reeling from aftershocks.

“Earthquakes and rains are a deadly combination,” Cimatu said. “Mountainous and hilly areas that experience earthquakes and intense rainfall render these areas highly susceptible to landslides.”

The DENR chief said he had instructed the MGB to ensure that all local officials have copies of the geohazard maps, including those who were elected for the first time in the May 2019 polls.

Around 200,000 maps, at a scale of 1:10,000, have been produced and distributed to LGUs, national government agencies, schools, and civil society groups and private organizations engaged in disaster mitigation and relief activities.

A total of 1,618 municipalities nationwide were covered by the MGB’s geohazard mapping program.

Cimatu also ordered the MGB to double its efforts in conducting rapid damage assessment, as well as updating the maps, especially in areas that have been recently hit by earthquakes.

The MGB said it has deployed teams to Mindanao to identify landslide areas and new landslide-prone areas that may have formed as a result of the recent disaster.

The geohazard maps, which are available in 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 scales, can be accessed on the websites of the DENR and the MGB.


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