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A Toxics-Free Future


Strengthening Community Participation for Safety against Chemical Pollution

Following two separate pollution incidents by the Cleanway Technology Corporation in 2009, Cavite Green Coalition community organizers staged a series of activities to create awareness in the community and push for a closing down of the plant. This included an initial chemical safety seminar in the community that spurred a letter writing campaign to local government agencies and key officials. Mass mobilizations and picket lines outside the company followed this action and were successful in temporarily closing the plant. Community organizers were also influential in getting officials elected who were sympathetic to the cause. A community health assessment in which 10 of the 47 people affected by the pollution incidents were continuously monitored showed a presence of heavy metals, especially copper toxicity syndrome. A chemical safety position paper featuring the results of the health assessment was presented to the Municipal Legislative Body.

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