In observance of the Lead Poisoning Prevention Month this October, the Environmental Management Bureau – Cordillera thru the Environmental Education and Information Unit organized the IEC on Lead Poisoning Prevention, E-waste Management Orientation and Online PCO Accreditation on October 28, 2022 at Newtown Plaza Hotel, Baguio City.

Engr. Hope P. Turiano gave a lecture on Lead Poisoning Prevention and a brief background of RA 6969; Engr. Ester L. Aguilar oriented the participants on the upcoming Household E-Waste Collection this November; and Mr. Walter Bimuyag discussed the salient points of the Online PCO Accreditation.

The said activity was attended by Barangay Officials and Health Workers of Lualhati, Pacdal and Gibraltar, Faculty and Staff from Rizal Elementary School and Rizal National High School. Punong Barangay Abraham Lagasca II of Pacdal, PB Julius L. Ampal of Lualhati, and Mr. Joseph Estigoy, Principal of Rizal Elementary School were present during the event.

RD Ma. Victoria V. Abrera in her message, highlighted the prestigious Award received by the Philippines thru the EMB in

June 29, 2021 from the Germany-based World Future Council , called Future Policy Award 2021” which is dubbed as the “Oscar on Best Policies.” Section 4 of the DAO 2013-24 bans the use of lead containing paints for industrial uses and to phase out such paints by December 31, 2019. On January 1, 2021, the Philippines’ paint and coating industry transitioned to full non-lead production with the completion of the phase-out period for lead-containing paints used for industrial applications. Every October, the country joins in the observance of the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from October 23-29, 2022 and the Lead Prevention Month. This year’s theme “Say No to Lead Poisoning” focuses on the worldwide campaign to ban lead and eradicate known sources of lead exposure. It also aims to raise awareness on associated health risks of lead exposure and its early prevention, especially to young children and vulnerable groups.