Lead paint affects students’ learning abilities – Manila Bulletin
As this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” continues, the EcoWaste Coalition has reminded principals, teachers, parents, students and community volunteers to avoid the use of lead paint as they welcome a longer school year. cleaner and safer thanks to the so-called “Bayanihan sa Paaralan”.
While repairing wooden chairs at San Agustin Elementary School (SAES) in Novaliches, Quezon City on Friday, August 8, the EcoWaste explained that lead paints are not banned for no reason as decorating school facilities, equipment, furniture and accessories with this type of painting has a price to pay. Thus, the waste and pollution policeman set a good example by using lead-free paints during the event.
“It is important to protect our classrooms and the general school environment from harmful chemicals like lead, which can affect our students’ learning abilities and slow down their development,” said SAES Director, Dr. Randy G. Tagaan.
“We therefore commend the EcoWaste Coalition’s efforts to promote awareness and compliance with DepEd 4, s.2017, as well as Quezon City’s ordinance requiring the mandatory use of lead-free paints,” said he added.
Of note, DepEd Order 4, s.2017 mandates the use of lead-free paints in all preparatory, elementary, and secondary schools, while Quezon City Order 2739-2018 provides for the purchase and mandatory use of lead-free paints for the city. government funded construction, maintenance and renovation projects and activities.
Unlike lead paints, compliant paints are free from intentionally added lead compounds, which are banned in paints and similar surface coatings under the Chemicals Control Order issued by the Department of Environment and Human Resources. Natural resources for lead and lead compounds, EcoWaste noted.
“We remain committed to promoting the effective implementation of national and local policies banning paints containing lead, which we have successfully pursued in close collaboration with our partners in government, industry and civil society to protect the health of children, women and workers from lead poisoning”, assured the national coordinator of EcoWaste, Aileen Lucero.
“The need for continued information is necessary because some solvent-based lead-containing paints may still be on the market, particularly old stock that has not been recovered,” she said. “Some aerosol lead paints from overseas are being sold by some retailers, including online sellers.”
During the Brigada Eskwela at SAES, the group also used the opportunity to draw attention to the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) of school waste.
In accordance with DepEd Order 5, s.2014, every school is required to apply the basic principles and practices of ESWM, including waste prevention and reduction, source separation, reuse, recycling and composting “to promote environmental awareness and action among students.”
Additionally, it also requires schools to set up a materials recovery facility to serve as a storage area for waste that can still be repaired, reused or recycled. It further requires a temporary space where non-recyclable or non-biodegradable waste, also known as residual waste, can be stored.
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