EMB National Capital Region recently conducted a two-day webinar entitled “Lead in the Environment and Its Health Effects” last Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, via Zoom  Meeting App. The said event was held in line with the celebration of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which takes place on October 25 to 31 for this year.

EMB-NCR Regional Director Atty. Domingo M. Clemente, Jr. expressed his utmost gratitude to the participants of the said event. In his welcome remarks, he gave emphasis on the problem of lead in the world especially in the environment.

CENRO Malabon’s Senior Environmental Management Specialist Ms. Elizabeth E. Gutierrez briefly explained the lead, its usage and the importance of lead poisoning awareness as she shared her message to the participants of the webinar.

Engr. Jean C. Borromeo, OIC of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division started her presentation on “Lead in the Environment and Its Health Effects” by defining lead and by explaining where it is found. She also explained the sources of lead exposure, who is at risks, and the health effects of people exposed to it. According to her, dust and old paints can be a source of lead, thus, conducting a paint inspection and using soft, dampened, disposable cloths with an all-purpose cleaner when cleaning and dusting painted walls can make one’s home lead safe. Before the end of her presentation, Engr. Borromeo also explained to the participants on how they can lower the chances of their exposure to lead and sharing a lead poisoning home checklist. She ended her presentation by explaining the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds (DAO 2013-24). Engr. Borromeo also answered the questions of the participants during the webinar.

Environmental Education and Information Unit Head Ms. Salvacion Aguinaldo – Solis, in behalf of Regional Director Atty. Domingo M. Clemente, Jr., expressed her utmost gratitude to the speaker, Engr. Borromeo and the participants for their active participation on the said webinar. She also invited everyone to like EMB National Capital Region’s FB page to be kept updated on recent updates on the environment.