By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is among the recipients of “Oscar on Best Policies” award.
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, during the online awarding ceremony of Future Policy Award 2021 held recently, acknowledged the Special Award for Lead in Paint category which the Philippines received as a result of the issuance of DENR’s Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2013-24 or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds.
The DAO mandates the prohibition on the use of lead and lead compounds in the production/manufacturing of packaging for food and drink, fuel additives, water pipes, school supplies, cosmetics, and paints.
Cimatu said the award bespeaks the commitment of the national government in protecting human health and the environment through responsive policies.
The Philippines is among the top five awardees from the 55 policies nominated, and the first Southeast Asian country to win the award. The Future Policy Award dubbed as the “Oscar on Best Policies” is an annual event of the Germany-based World Future Council.
Last December 23, 2013, then DENR Secretary Ramon J. Paje issued DAO 2013-24 pursuant to Republic Act 6969 otherwise known as the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act of 1990, and to other previous DAOs and implementing policies.
The DAO 2013-24 aims to increase awareness about the toxicity of lead and lead compounds and the availability of the technically superior and safer alternatives.
It also aims to develop the framework for proper implementation of appropriate prevention based programs to reduce and eliminate risks from the use of lead.
Provide guidelines and assistance to identify and release potential lead exposure industrial facilities to reduce workers lead exposure is also one of its objectives.
It also enforce the provisions within the specified limits provided under DAO 2013-24. (AI/MTVN)