Envi group pushes gov’t to use lead safe paints

August 26th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY – Environmental group Interface Development Interventions, said the local government should have a policy requiring government agencies to get lead-safe paint.

Executive Director Ann Fuertes said in a statement that the policy “will send a strong message that the Davao LGU is taking the lead in reducing real and potential exposure to lead and mercury which can be found in paints, gasoline, lamps and batteries.”

“This will mean that government purchasing entities will be mandated to procure lead-safe paints for use in the construction of all citywide government facilities,” she added.


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Davao organic group eyes certification of 100 local organic farms

August 26th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY — Davao’s Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) group is looking to give organic certification to up to 100 small farms in the city as construction of a permanent organic produce trading post goes on in the city center.

Nena R. Morales, Davao-PGS chairwoman, said the group has already awarded certificates to five organic farmers and farms so far. Twenty are currently being assessed, with several still lined up for the rest of the year.

The PGS, as defined by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) headquartered in Germany, “are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange.”

Ms. Morales further explained that under the PGS, an organic farmer is examined by a peer network of organic farmers and stakeholders that verify compliance with established standards. Click to Read more >>

Paint companies say no to lead

August 25th, 2015 by

SEVEN paint companies has confirmed to no longer carry products with toxic lead additives as support on Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) procurement for a lead-safe paint.

In partnership with the Ecowaste Coalition, a nationwide environmental watchdog group, submitted a position paper to the committee, which is headed by Councilor Leonardo Avila III in aid of legislation.

The companies, which prefer to be unnamed, has officially sent letters to the EcoWaste Coalition reiterating their commitment to comply with the phase-out timeline.

Local paint manufacturers begun transitioning to non-lead paint production. IDIS said that there are lead-free paints that are already available in the market.
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