THE Quezon City government on Monday said it will only use lead free paints in all its projects as it continues to promote a healthy and safe environment.
This after its mayor, Herbert Bautista, signed an ordinance requiring the only use of lead safe paints in the construction, maintenance and renovation of the city’s projects and activities.
City Ordinance 2739-2018, introduced by Councilor Elizabeth Delarmente, shall cover the procurement and use of certified lead safe paints including enamels, glazes, lacquers, primers, stains, varnishes, and other surface coating for the city government funded projects.
Lead paint can cause severe and permanent injury to health if inhaled and ingested, especially to babies, children, women of child-bearing age, and workers.
The ordinance prohibits the following: procuring paints containing lead above the regulatory limit of 90 parts per million as per Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order no. 2013-2014; purchasing paints that lack independent proof of compliance with the regulatory standard on lead paint; receiving and applying donated paints that are not compliant with the lead pant regulation, and; using lead-containing paints above the regulatory limit in decorating public facilities including schools, parks, playgrounds, health centers, sports complexes, and covered multi-purpose courts.
The City Engineering Department will lead the implementation of this ordinance as well as the information and education campaign, in partnership with Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD), Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD), Division of City Schools, and Quezon City Health Department.
Persons who will violate this ordinance will be charged a fine of PhP2,000 for offense, PhP3,000 for second offense, and PhP5,000 fine with an imprisonment of 30 days or cancellation of business license given by the city government for succeeding offenses.
The DENR released the Administrative Order no. 2013-2014 that phased out lead-containing paints used for architectural, decorative and household applications from the period of 2013 to 2016, and a six-year phase-out from 2013 to 2019 for industrial applications.
The QC government complies with its mandate to enact ordinances that promotes health, safety and the right of the people to a balanced ecology under the Republic Act no. 7160 also known as the Local Government Code of 1991.