The EcoWaste Coalition, an advocate
for a lead-safe school environment, exhorted the principals, teachers and
parents to be vigilant to ensure lead-free school makeovers during the
week-long Brigada Eskwela starting today.
School in Bago Bantay, Quezon City to drum up awareness and compliance to
government directives on lead paint.
use lead-free paints in line with the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources Administrative Order 2013-24 which sets a phase-out deadline for
leaded architectural, decorative and household paints by January 1, 2017.
Coalition volunteers joined the parade prior to the cleanup drive donning giant
“paint cans marked with the instruction “choose lead-safe paints” and holding
mini-classrooms tagged as “lead-free school.”
paint whenever possible. By and large, water-based paints have not
contained lead. If oil-based paints are required, be sure to look for
lead-free brands,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project
by children to curb a major preventable source of childhood lead exposure,” he
break off over time, dispersing chip and dust containing lead, a brain-damaging
chemical, that young children can ingest on inhale.
painted surfaces that might contain lead as this will spread huge amounts of
dust in the surroundings that may be contaminated with lead.
susceptible to lead paint exposure, which can result in lifelong health
impacts, including developmental delays, learning disabilities, decreased
attention span, hearing, vision and muscle coordination problems, and
exposure that is considered safe,” stressing “lead is now known to produce a
spectrum of injury” at chronic and lower levels of exposure, which “for the
most part are permanent, irreversible and untreatable by modern medicine.”
requested Briada Eskwela participants to observe the following tips:
source to keep the volume of residual trash to the minimum.
3. Go for reusable or recyclable containers for volunteers’ drinks and
foods to reduce trash.
oxalic acid and dichlorobenzene toilet deodorizer.
so as not to disperse lead dust into the surroundings.
hazardous to unborn children).
sealed reusable bag and wash separately.