PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012
Marikina bans toxic substances in schools
MARIKINA CITY, Jan 20 (PIA) -- The city government of Marikina led by Mayor Del De Guzman recently conducted, “ Mercury-Free School Program” in Marikina Elementary School (MES), Brgy. Sta. Elena.
The activity was conducted in cooperation with the non-profit organization Ban Toxics! who gave lectures on the hazard of toxic materials especially in schools, assessed the current mercury situation of the MES, and replaced mercury-containing equipment and products with safe and mercury-free alternatives and treatments.
The guests were also taught safe mercury management to ensure that mercury will not be used or improperly disposed of.
More than 200 teachers and school principals from public elementary schools, as well as public and private high schools attended the program. They were also taught how to identify equipment with mercury contents.
“It is necessary to eliminate equipment with mercury as these pose significant adverse effects on human health. Also, this is our way of protecting our students as schools serve as their second home,” De Guzman said.
“I would also like to advise not only our school officials but the community as a whole to be aware and vigilant against other kinds of toxic chemicals other than mercury,” De Guzman concluded.
Mercury is one of the most well-known toxic heavy metals. Exposure to mercury in any of its forms can lead to adverse effects on the developing brain, as well as IQ, motor, memory, and language impairment.
Memanwhile, Ban Toxics is an independent non-profit, environmental organization devoted to prevent toxic trade in the form of wastes, goods, and technology. The organization aims to eliminate mercury and mercury-containing equipment in schools across the country. (LFB/RJB/PIA-NCR)