Monthly Archive:: May 2011

Binondo Shops Urged to Stop Selling “High-Risk” Products from Taiwan until Proven Safe from DEHP

“AlerToxic Patrollers” belonging to the health and environmental watchdog EcoWaste Coalition today went to Chinatown to request shop owners to desist from selling “high-risk” products from Taiwan that have not been declared safe from DEHP, a cancer-causing

Environmental Leaders Back Lawyer Marlon Manuel as “People’s Ombudsman”

Environmental leaders have signified their support to the nomination of public interest lawyer Marlon J. Manuel as the “People’s Ombudsman.” In a letter sent today to Chief Justice Renato Corona, Chair of the Judicial Bar Council, they

FDA Urged to Stop Sale of High-Risk Taiwanese Products Until Proven Free of Toxic DEHP

(Photo by Manny Calonzo) A toxic watchdog has requested the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to go beyond “monitoring” imported beverage and food products amid the still unfolding massive food safety scandal in Taiwan. The EcoWaste Coalition

Toxic Watchdog Welcomes DOH’s Plan to Conduct Probe on Lead-Tainted Toys

The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for children’s health and safety from harmful chemicals, welcomed the plan by the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct its own probe on wooden toys that were tested with high levels of

EcoWaste Coalition Urges LGUs to Step Declogging Operations as Typhoon Chedeng Nears

As the country braces for typhoon Chedeng, a waste and pollution watchdog urged local government units (LGUs) to declog storm drains and creeks to ease flood risk. The EcoWaste Coalition made the appeal as Chedeng further gains

EcoWaste Coalition Finds Brain Poison in Toys

“Toys with lead can damage children’s brains and their future.” The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate for chemical safety awareness and action, made this statement as it pointed to the high levels of lead, a neurotoxin, in some

Toxic Watchdog Urges Consumers to Watch Out for Unsafe School Supplies

As parents prepare their shopping lists of “must have” items in time for the resumption of classes, a toxic watchdog advised shoppers to be careful with school supplies that can leach harmful substances. The EcoWaste Coalition, a

Groups Want Justice Served for Slain Youth Recycler, Launch Campaign for “Respect and Justice”

(Photos by Manny Calonzo) Environmental groups urged the authorities to ensure justice for 13-year old youth recycler Christian D. Serrano who was reportedly killed by a police officer last Monday, May 9, in Makati City. In a

DepEd Urged to Carefully Screen Toy Donations for Kindergarten Kids

A group promoting children’s safety from health-damaging chemicals urged education officials to be on their guard against toxic toy donations for incoming kindergarten pupils. The EcoWaste Coalition raised the specter of toxic exposure following the public appeal

EcoWaste Coalition Bats for Pollution-Free “Brigada Eskwela” Cleanup Drive

A toxic watchdog has called for a pollution-free cleanup and repair of school facilities as the Department of Education (DepEd) gears up for the annual back-to-school cleanup by “Brigada Eskwela” volunteers. The EcoWaste Coalition issued the reminder