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Philippine Association: Lead Phase-Out Complete

Monday, January 27, 2020

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The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for industrial applications is complete.

Under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order 2013-24—or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds—manufacturers of lead-containing paints for industrial uses were directed to phase out such paints by Dec. 31, 2019. 

(Lead-containing architectural, household and decorative paints were phased out by Dec. 31, 2016.)

"The conclusion of the phase-out period for lead-added industrial paints wraps up a positive process of replacing lead-based additives, particularly pigments, with non-lead raw materials for all paint formulations,” said Ely Kenneth Ong Sue, President, PAPM.

EcoWaste Coalition

The EcoWaste Coalition, along with the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers announced earlier this month that the phase-out of all lead-containing paints in the Philippines used for industrial applications is complete.

"The industry-wide shift to lead-free paint manufacturing is a superb way to usher in 2020.  It’s a milestone made possible by unique government, industry and civil society collaboration.”

The DENR, PAPM, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc., EcoWaste Coalition and IPEN are partners of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (a voluntary partnership formed by the UN Environment and the World Health Organization) whose overall goal is “to prevent children’s exposure to lead from paints and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paint.”

“The complete phase-out of lead-containing paints is very significant for our children’s health and our nation’s future as childhood lead exposure can cause reduced intellectual development, limit educational attainment as well as hinder socio-economic advancement," said Eileen Sison, President of the EcoWaste Coalition, an active member of the International Pollutants Elimination Network, which is campaigning for a global ban on lead paint.

"We recognize our partners in the public and private sectors for this collective feat that will redound to a lead-safe environment, especially for young children, pregnant women and workers.”

To promote the mandatory use of lead-safe paints in the Philippines, national and local authorities, including the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Quezon City Government, have adopted policies in support of DENR AO 2013-24.

The coalition has proposed a review of how the order has been implemented to identify successes, determine gaps and take steps toward improvement.

   

Tagged categories: Government; Health & Safety; Health and safety; Latin America; Lead; Lead; Lead paint abatement; Regulations; Safety; Z-Continents

Comment from Gregory Stoner, (1/27/2020, 8:44 PM)

It’s 2020. Just saying


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