By Analou De Vera
An environmental watch group has urged the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to ensure that funded projects under its “Green, Green, Green” program will only use paints that are lead-safe.
“As some of the projects being proposed for funding under this program may include painting or repainting jobs, we strongly suggest that the mandatory procurement and use of lead-safe paints as verified through third-party certification be included in the evaluation and approval of project proposals received from applicant cities,” said Eileen Sison, president of EcoWaste Coalition.
Sison said that the use of lead-safe paints should be “duly included” in the DBM’s criteria for truly green open space development or enhancement projects by our cities.”
“Green, Green, Green” is an assistance program that aims at making the country’s 145 cities “more livable and sustainable through the development of public open spaces.”
The group reiterated that paints containing lead additives may pose risks to human health as well as to the environment.
“Lead can have permanent health effects on children, but also creates harm in adults. Childhood lead poisoning, also during pregnancy, can have lifelong health impacts including learning disabilities, anemia, disorder in coordination, visual, spatial and language skills,” the group said.
“There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe for adults or children,” it added.