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PH environmentalists urge school administrators to strengthen waste management efforts

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition urged all members of the academe to strengthen efforts that promote ecological solid waste management as school year 2017-2018 begins. In a statement, the environment and public health watchdog, urged all school administrators, members of the faculty, non academic personnel, parents and students to work hand in hand to improve ecological solid waste management (ESWM) […]

PH Drug Enforcement Agency said 3,677 villages are now drug free

PH Drug Enforcement Agency said 3,677 villages are now drug free

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday said 3,677 barangays or villages nationwide had been declared drug free since the intensified anti-drug campaign was launched a year ago by President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said the number of drug free barangay is but a small portion of the country’s 42,036 barangays. “These barangays […]

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PH environmentalist warns MMDA from violating environmental laws

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, warned the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority it could be liable for violating the law on open burning should it pushes through with its plan to burn goods seized from illegal vendors in the metropolis. Aileen Lucero. EcoWaste national coordinator, reminded MMDA chairman Danilo Lim that even as the coalition […]

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Avoid soaps with triclosan and triclocarban – PH health activists

PHILIPPINE health activists urged the public to stop using anti-bacterial soaps and sanitizers with triclosan and triclocarban after United States health authorities found them to be actually harmful to health and the environment. In a press conference Monday, the Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition, a non-profit environment and public health watchdog; said antibacterial soaps with triclosan and triclocarban are no more […]

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New anti-smoking law in effect in PH

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday has signed Executive Order 26 which makes unlawful for anyone to smoke within all enclosed public places and public conveyances in the country. Duterte signed his EO on Tuesday almost a year after he took office. The order sets standards for the designated smoking areas. However, the new anti-smoking law did not make all […]

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World Health Organization: Adolescent Digital Screen Addiction Major Health Risk

By Sputnik News Around 1.2 billion people, 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Many are at risk of premature death, illness and injury. In a major report, the World Health Organization lays out the major risks facing this vast demographic – too much time spent staring at digital screens festers near the top […]

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More funds to fight cancer in Marianas raised

ACTIVE community participation led to the success of this year’s 15th Marianas March Against Cancer fund raising project. According to Carolyn Hosono, MMAC chair, this year’s fund raising march raised $207,072 in cash and in-kind donations, surpassing last year’s $177,000. She added that the 12-hour event that took place at Hopwood Middle School on May 5- 6 and it drew […]

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Los Angeles County declares May 2nd as “Day for Understanding Mental Health”

THE Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed May 2nd as the “Day to Change Direction” towards understanding mental health issues and caring for people with mental illness. The board directed Jonathan Sherin, M.D. Ph.D., director of the LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), to “oversee a countywide discussion to advance a culture of awareness, understanding and dialogue […]

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Green group asks PH to implement international convention against mercury

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, over the weekend asked the Philippine government to immediately implement the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury after it found out that mercury laden beauty products are still being cheaply sold in flea markets and Chinese drug stores in Manila’s Divisoria. At the same time, Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect coordinator; […]

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Millions suffering from depression in PH – DoH, WHO

MORE than 3.29 million people in the Philippines are living with depression and an almost equal number of individuals are suffering from anxiety. This was learned Friday as the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization–Philippines (WHO-PH) calls on everyone – the public, private, and civil society sectors – to engage in a “serious national chat” using multi-media […]

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World Health Organization calls for international unity to defeat TB

IN marking the World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) said one person with untreated infectious TB can infect up to 15 people in one year in close quarters. Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease killer worldwide today and carries with it “profound economic and social consequences,”  and “often creates a spiral of poverty,” the WHO, […]

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More than 1M Filipinos quit smoking from 2009 to 2015 – PH health department

THE Philippine Department of Health on Monday said more than 1.1 million Filipinos quit smoking from 2009 to 2015 due to the taxes hike on tobacco products and other tobacco control interventions. This was disclosed by DOH officials in a press conference Monday. They said the package of tobacco control interventions like the Tobacco Tax Reform of 2012 (the anti-cancer tax), […]

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EcoWaste Coalition Pushes Ban on Use of Arsenic for Wood Treatment and Preservation 

A PHILIPPINE based environment and public health watchdog urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau to totally ban of the use of arsenic as wood treatment due to its known carcinogenic effects on humans. The EcoWaste Coalition, in a statement, said the ban will strengthen the proposed regulation on toxic inorganic arsenic. It added that as the lead […]

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Paraan laban sa AIDS tinutulan

MARIING tinutulan ng Rotary Club ng Kamuning, Quezon City ang plano ng administrasyong Dutterte na mamahagi ng condom sa mga kabataan upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit na Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) na hatid ng Human Immuno Virus o HIV. Ito ay sa kabila ng resulta ng mga pag-aaral ng mga sayantipiko na nakatutulong ang paggamit ng condom sa […]

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Toxic lips

BEWARE of the lips you are kissing this Valentine’s Day, it might be toxic. Thus warned the Philippine based EcoWasate Coaliton, an environment and public health watchdog, as it called the attention of women who love to prettify themselves with cheap but lead laden lipsticks. The coalition issued the reminder after it discovered the proliferation of lead laden imitation lipsticks […]

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WTO Amends Intellectual Property Rules to Boost Poor Countries’ Medicine Access

By Sputnik News WORLD Trade Organization members have agreed to amend the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed to amend the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement to increase access to generic medicines in developing countries, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a press release on Monday. “This is an extremely important […]

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PH green groups asked Ms. Universe candidates to help protect aquatic life

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition on Thursday asked the candidates for the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant to help protect aquatic life by not using or endorsing personal care and cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads, a known ocean pollutant that kills aquatic life. Instead, the beauty pageant candidates should lend their voice to amplify the mounting global demand to stop […]

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PH green groups call for the ban of Chinese candles with lead cored wicks

THE EcoWAste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, urged retailers of Chinese candles to stop selling those with lead-cored wicks. This was learned after coalition members went to Binondo’s Chinatown district in Manila where they visited 11 stores selling Chinese candles. The move is part of the coalition’s ongoing work to prevent children’s exposure to lead, a potent neurotoxin. The group […]

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Firecrackers ban in PH sought by green groups

THE huge number of children injured during the yuletide season by firecrackers, especially new year’s celebration, and the health damaging volume of pollution it caused should prompt the government to fast track its banning. The call was made by EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, shortly after the health department released the number of people injured by firecrackers […]

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PH green group calls for firecracker free New Year’s celeb

ECOWASTE Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, early this week urged young students to spurn firecrackers and opt instead for alternative noise makers to herald the coming year in a bid to have zero casualty during the New Year’s revelry. In a well attended awareness drive at the Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Pandacan District of Manila, coalition members […]

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