MANILA - Advocacy groups urged the public to take caution over the hidden dangers posed by loom bands: an "educational toy" that is becoming increasingly popular especially among the youth.
Leading the campaign is the Ecowaste Coalition, who said the small, colorful rubber band components of the toy is a choking hazard for young children and pets.
"While we have not found any toxic components in the toy, we still have to be careful. Pag nasubo kasi at nalunok yung goma, baka magbara sa bituka ng mga bata," said Thony Dizon of Ecowaste Coalition.
Animal rights group Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) agreed with the Ecowaste Coalition, urging pet owners to make sure that they don't leave the toys lying around.
"In the US, there has been a case where a pet had to be operated upon because of this, so it can also happen here because of the toy's popularity," said Anna Cabrera of PAWS.
Both groups have not called on any ban on the product, although they expressed concern over the sale of similar products in places like Divisoria.
Because they are not regulated, the risk of exposure to harmful substances increases, they said.