Defense Undersecretary and PVAO Administrator Ernesto Carolina with the Baguio City officials led by Acting Mayor Faustino Olowan recognize the heroism of the World War II heroes during the 74th National Victory Day celebration at the Veterans Park in Baguio City on Tuesday, September 3. (RMC- PIA CAR)

TESDA at 25. TESDA - CAR Regional Director Manuel Wong and DTI Baguio - Benguet Director Freda Gawisan leads other partners from DOLE and Baguio PESO, in a Kapihan media forum, to promote the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

World class skilled Workers. PEZA Baguio deputy Zone Administrator Allan Datahan, in his keynote message at the TESDA - CAR 25 years anniversary awards and recognition program, affirms a continuing partnership with TESDA, not only in bringing work opportunity for Tech - Voc graduates inside the special economic zone but also in skills training to ensure that Filipino workforce will be globally competitive and responsive to the manpower needs of industries/investors. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

TESDA@25. Bartending students from the Baguio City School of Arts and Trade gives a demonstration on wine mixing during the TESDA - CAR led Kapihan media forum for the promotion of the scheduled activities for TESDA's 25th Anniversary that will be highlighted by the

TVET Partners. TESDA - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Manuel Wong (2nd from left) in a photo opt with TESDA 25th year anniversary awardees as Outstanding Partners in Technical Education and Skills Development (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Smoke Free Baguio. City Health Officials with partners and community stakeholders strengthens convergence for the attainment of the objectives of Baguio's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Ordinance through the first Smoke Free Baguio Convention at Venus Parkview Hotel, Tuesday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Baguio City Council’s Move to Ban Mercury-Laden Skin Whitening Creams Gets Thumbs Up from Toxics Watchdog Group

8 September 2019, Quezon City.  The ongoing effort by the Baguio City Council to enact an ordinance banning mercury-containing skin whitening cosmetics got a thumbs up from a toxics watchdog group.

The Quezon City-based EcoWaste Coalition lauded the successful first public hearing last September 4 for the proposed measure that was filed by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan after being certified as "urgent" by Mayor Benjamin Magalong last July 18. 

Councilor Philian Weygan–Allan, Chairperson of the Committee on Market, Trade, Commerce and Agriculture, presided over the public hearing that brought together stakeholders from the regional offices of the Departments of  Health, Environment and Natural Resources, and Trade and Industry, as well as representatives from the private sector, including business establishments and shopping malls.

In an e-mail sent to the EcoWaste Coalition on September 5, Councilor Allan said “we all agreed that we need to pass the ordinance and we need more advocates” as she thanked the group for its “work and commitment” that brought the matter to the attention of the city authorities.

“We are pleased with the progress made so far by the City Council to legislate an ordinance that will soon make the illegal trade of mercury-containing skin whitening cosmetics in Baguio City a thing of the past,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

“The anticipated approval and enforcement of the ordinance will serve as Baguio City’s contribution to the looming global phase-out by 2020 of skin whitening cosmetics with mercury content above one part per million (ppm),” he pointed out.

Dizon explained that the Minamata Convention of Mercury, which the Philippine government signed on October 10, 2013, listed cosmetics such as skin lightening soaps and creams containing mercury above 1 ppm among the mercury-added products (MAPs) to be phased out by 2020.

In this connection, the DENR, with inputs from public and private sector stakeholders and with support from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Swiss Government, has developed a “National Action Plan (NAP) for the Phase-Out of MAPs and the Management of the Associated Mercury-Containing Wastes.”

If approved, the proposed Baguio City ordinance will prohibit and penalize the “manufacture, importation, marketing and promotion, distribution and sale of cosmetics with mercury content in excess of 1 ppm.

It will also prohibit the “sale, wholesale or retail, (of cosmetics) that have not been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have not complied with labeling requirements as required by the FDA. “

Lastly, the ordinance will further prohibit the “open dumping or open burning or disposal of banned/recalled and/or confiscated mercury-containing cosmetics along with regular city solid waste.”

Mercury, a highly toxic chemical, “is a potent bio-accumulating and bio-magnifying neurotoxin that can cause neurological damage affecting behavior and cognitive facilities, mental disorder, infertility, kidney damage, and respiratory failure,” according to the NAP.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that “mercury in skin lightening products may also cause skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring, as well as a reduction in the skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infections.”

 

Baguio

  • Groups condemn Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army

    THE Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Tongtongan ti Umili-Cordillera People's Alliance denounced Friday, September 13, the activities of the Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA) in Baguio City.

  • CAR stakeholders' active participation in nation building sought

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) - - Ranking  officials reiterated the government’s call for the active participation of all sectors of society in ensuring good governance, accountability and transparency programs and policies in bringing  inclusive growth and progress to the country and to the people.

  • 2 Baguio youth join PH contingent to SSEAYP 2019

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- Two young professionals from this city are among the 27 youth leaders from across the country selected as Philippine Ambassadors of Goodwill for the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP).

  • PSA leads accounting of water resources in CAR

    BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - - Accounting of  water resources in  the Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) is set into motion with the Philippine Statistics Authority regional office (PSA) convening a joint meeting – workshop of the Task Force Water Resource Accounting and the Technical Working Group on Environment Statistics .

  • After 33 years, Cordillera autonomy remains elusive

    BAGUIO CITY—Friday the 13th this week commemorated the end of a war waged against the government by former rebel priest Conrado Balweg and his militia group 33 years ago.

Benguet

  • Cordillera schools told to commemorate historic Mt. Data peace accord

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 12(PIA) -- The Department of Education – Cordillera has directed all public and private schools in the region to conduct activities to commemorate the 1986 Mount Data “Sipat” or Peace Accord every September 13.

  • Itogon to commemorate 'Ompong' tragedy anniversary with rituals

    ITOGON, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- The municipal government of Itogon will conduct rituals to commemorate the first year anniversary of the tragic landslide that hit the province of Benguet and this town at the height of typhoon Ompong last year.

  • Benguet bolsters anti-rabies programs

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 13 (PIA) - -  The Provincial Rabies Control Consultative Committee  gathered various stakeholders for a consultative meeting to bolster programs and activities for the prevention, control and the ultimate eradication of rabies in the province.

  • All set for Tuba's 6th Ava Festival

    TUBA, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) - - It’s all systems go for the   town’s 6th Ava Festival on September 16-20 with the  theme, “Strengthening Our Culture and Community Harmony Towards Enriched Agri-Tourism Industry.”

  • 100 shooting enthusiasts join RIAS Cup

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 6 (PIA) --    More than 100 law enforcers and civilian shooters participated in the 2nd Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS) Cordillera Director’s Cup at the Camp Dangwa firing range over the weekend.

Mt. Province

  • Mt. Province youth celebrate Linggo ng Kabataan

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31(PIA) -- Sangguniang Kabataan(SK) members  in the province celebrated the Linggo ng Kabataan with various activities actively participated by out-of-school youth, in-school youth and working youth of the different municipalities in the province.

  • Bauko councilor heads PCL Mt. Province Chapter

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 31 (PIA) -- Councilor Ashley T. Sili from the municipality of Bauko heads the new set of officers of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)-Mountain Province Chapter

  • Abolition of Kennon, Halsema toll fees proposed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province  – The House of Representatives approved on first reading a proposed bill seeking for the termination of the collection of toll fees along the portion of the Benguet road, popularly known as Kennon road, from Klondykes Spring to Camp 6, repealing for the purpose Executive Order No. 34, series of 1954 as amended.

  • Healthy mom and baby, cooking contests mark Nutri Month

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Aug. 6(PIA) -- To raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for healthy living, the provincial government conducted Healthy Mother and Child   and cooking contests in celebration of this year’s Nutrition Month.

  • Provincial livelihood program benefits more individuals

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 22 (PIA) -- The Provincial Livelihood Program (PLP) of the Provincial Government here continues to provide livelihood assistance to qualified individuals in the province.

IFUGAO

  • Mag-aaral ng Ifugao hinimok na gamitin ang wika sa tamang paraan

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Sept. 2 (PIA) - - Ang wika ay ibinigay para sa malinaw na komunikasyon  sana gamitin natin upang makapagbigay ng inspirasyon, hamon at paghihikayat sa kapwa.

  • Ifugao PCL elects new set of officers

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Aug. 31 (PIA) - - Reelected councilor Maximillan Luglug of this municipality was given another fresh term to head the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Ifugao Chapter.

  • BJMP inaugurates new jail building in Ifugao

    KIANGAN, Ifugao, Aug. 30 (PIA) - - The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology inaugurated last week a  three storey district jail male-dormitory worth more than P19 million here.

  • DepEd, IFSU team up to promote indigenous knowledge

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Aug. 16 (PIA) - - The Ifugao State University (IFSU) and the Department of Education (DepEd) are joining efforts for the advancement of indigenous knowledge to all stakeholders.

  • PVET taps BNS, BHWs for rabies prevention campaign

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Aug. 15 (PIA) - - In line with the goal to eliminate human rabies by the year 2020,   the support of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) and Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) as frontline workers in the communities is being tapped.  

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