DepEd to prioritize NCR, Region 5 and CAR for toxic-free schools program

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MANILA, — The Department of Education is prioritizing the National Capital Region, Bicol and the Cordillera Administrative Region for the implementation of the Toxics-Free Schools Program (TFSP) for school year 2014-2015.

Under a memorandum of agreement signed on Friday, DepEd has partnered with the environmental group BAN Toxics to prevent possible poisoning of school children and keep schools safe from toxic chemicals.

The MOA on Toxics-Free Schools Program was signed by DepEd Undersecretary Dina Ocampo, and Marie Marciano, chief operating officer of BT, at DepEd’s Bulwagang Karunungan in Pasig city.

The program promotes practical solutions and alternatives the schools, parents, and students can use to avoid or minimize exposure to health and environmental risks.

DepEd said it has already identified the target sites for the project and is prioritizing for its coverage the NCR, the Bicol region and Cordilla for year 2014-2015.

DepEd said the three regions are the top priorities because they are more exposed in toxic substances in products and devices that are used everyday in schools and homes, from art materials, tables, and chairs to paints and playgrounds. (PNA report by Loraine V. Santos)

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