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Roque: Protect kids against pollutants

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque wants the government to identify and make public all environmental pollutants that are harmful to the well-being of children.

Roque said the Constitution provides that the State shall prioritize the needs of children by protecting them from toxic pollutants.

Environmental pollutants are compounds introduced in the natural environment causing adverse changes, adversely affecting health, or causing other types of damage. Examples are the large-scale use of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides in agriculture.

Roque previously filed House Bill No. 5893 when he was a congressman. The bill seeks to protect children by “requiring that information related to them be made readily available to the general public to advance the public’s right to know, and allow the public to avoid involuntary exposure of children to pollutants.”

“They should know the toxic dangers that exist in their homes, communities, and neighborhoods,” Roque said.

If elected, the former party-list representative said he would file a proposed “Environmental Protection for Children Act” to the Senate.

Under the bill, the Secretary of Health shall coordinate and support the development and implementation of basic and applied research initiatives to examine the health effects and toxicity of pesticides and other environmental pollutants on children.

According to a study conducted by University of British Columbia experts, children who grow up in an environment with more green space are less likely to experience Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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