Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu acknowledges the Special Award for Lead in Paint category (inset) received by the Philippines for DENR’s Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2013-24 or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds during the online awarding ceremony of the Future Policy Award 2021 on July 6. The DAO mandates the prohibition on the use of lead and lead compounds in the production/manufacturing of packaging for food and drink, fuel additives, water pipes, school supplies, cosmetics, and paints. Cimatu said the award bespeaks the commitment of the national government in protecting human health and the environment through responsive policies. The Philippines is among the top five awardees from the 55 policies nominated, and the first Southeast Asian country to win the award. The Future Policy Award dubbed as the “Oscar on Best Policies” is an annual event of the Germany-based World Future Council. ###