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Many Filipinos feel isolated — WHO

DOCTOR Gundo Aurel Weiler, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative to the Philippines, cited the important collaboration among the Department of Health (DOH) and its private and civil society partners to significantly crack and break the social isolation felt by many Filipinos today. The WHO, DOH, and their private sector and civil society partners said […]

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PH green group sought limits on hazardous substances in jewelry

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, urged the government to put in place a regulation that will restrict the content level of hazardous substances in jewelry products. At the same time, the coalition urged jewelry manufacturers and civil society organizations to cooperate with the government in crafting the proposed regulation. The coalition […]

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PH quarantine requires carriers to conduct aircraft disinsection

THE Philippine  Bureau of Quarantine has directed all foreign and local carriers with international routes to conduct aircraft disinsection in a bid to prevent the spread of harmful insects and outbreak of deadly diseases. The BOQ new directive mandates all to aircraft operators, handlers, airlines and airport authorities to conduct disinsection before landing or takeoff […]

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PH green group bats for Ecological Waste Management vs. Zika Virus

RESPONDING to the Zika virus threat on the country, the Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition on Monday asked the country’s 42,036 barangays to improve community waste management in a bid to to keep away the virus’ carrier, the Aedes mosquito. “Our barangays can contribute to keeping the country Zika-free by ensuring the ecological management of discards, […]

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NAIA on alert for Zika virus

THE Manila International Airport Authority and the Department of Health have doubled their efforts in looking out for the possible entry of the Zika virus in the country following reports of its outbreak in neighboring Asian countries. This was disclosed on Friday by MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal after receiving a directive from the DOH […]

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Toxic Chemicals from E-Waste Found in Brain Toys Sold in Philippine Market

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, on Tuesday warned that some toys that are designed to exercise the mind may contain toxic chemicals from recycled electronic waste, which can damage the central nervous system and reduce children’s intellectual capacity. The coalition made known its apprehension following the disclosure of the results of […]

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McDonald’s Recalls Lead-Laden Giveaway Items

FAST food giant McDonald’s Philippines on Wednesday recalled its promotional giveaway products that were found to contain the hazardous substance lead. Specifically, McDonald’s is recalling its promotional back packs, sling bags and bag tags after a pro-environment and public health watchdog EcoWaste Coalition found out about the existence of lead in the said promotional products.  […]

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LGUs Exhorted to Go After Stores Selling Cyanide-Containing Silver Jewelry Cleaners

THE EcoWaste Coalition, a pro-environment and public health watchdog, warned the public from using cyanide compound laden silver jewelry cleaners as it urged local government executives and police authorities to crackdowns on vendors of the deadly chemical. The group’s plea for action came on the heels of a recent public health warning from the Philippine […]

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Scientists Wonder: Can We Really Survive a Zombie Outbreak?

By Sputnik News Even if a zombie apocalypse is unlikely, it pays to be prepared. Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a type of fungus discovered in 1859, is found primarily in tropical regions. Inhabiting certain species of ants, it causes bizarre behavior in the host. Once O. unilateralis infects an ant, the host ant abandons its nest and seeks out the forest floor, where […]

Environment Health News

For Environment’s Sake, PH Green Groups asked Mayor Bistek to Scrap Incinerator Project

DIFFERENT pro-environment groups on Friday asked Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista to drop a planned joint venture with a Japanese company for the setting up of a “waste-to-energy “ (WtE) facility. At the same time, they urged city residents to vigorously object to the young mayor’s plan by asking their elected city councilors to […]

Environment Health News

PH green groups asked beauty product manufacturers to remove plastic microbeads in cosmetic products for the fishes sake

THE EcoWaste Coalition, a Philippine public health and environmental watchdog, on Thursday urged personal care and cosmetic products (PCCPs) manufacturers  to voluntarily terminate their use of plastic microbeads for the fishes’ sake. The group specifically asked manufacturers using polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate  polymethyly methacrylate, nylon and other plastic materials as microbeads in PCCPs to opt […]

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Increase the penalty for hospitals demanding deposit from emergency patients – Sen. Hontiveros

PASAY CITY – Akbayan Party-list Senator Risa Hontiveros wants a four to six years imprisonment for hospital administrators and officials who refuse to treat patients who cannot make any advance payment or deposit of any sort. This was learned shortly after Hontiveros, who chairs the senate’s Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill No. 216 that […]

Environment Health News

DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

A MERCURY recycling facility bought by the government in 2013 for more than US $1 million of remains unused and rotting in a warehouse in Taguig City. This was disclosed by the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition on Monday shortly after it sent a letter to the Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi asking the department to […]

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PH Green group wants some “cancer causing” Belo products out of the market

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, demanded that Belo Essential Products line containing cancer causing isobutyl paraben be removed from the market shelves as these items pose health risks to the public. The coalition’s demand came in the heels of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory No. 2016-032 issued on April […]

Environment Health News

EcoWaste Coalition Supports Laguna Lake Fish Testing for Toxins

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Monday asked Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to follow-through her suggestion to have the fishes at the Laguna Lake tested for toxins like lead and mercury to determine if they are still safe for human consumption. The coalition, in a statement, said it supports Secretary Lopez’ idea […]

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Green group warns public from using unregistered cosmetics

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Wednesday warns the public from using unregistered cosmetics due to their possible adverse effects on the user’s health. Specifically, the EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, asked the public to avoid health and beauty products that have no certification from the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines. The […]

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DOH’s Ubial: gov’t aims to lessen deaths, destruction due to natural calamities

PHILIPPINE Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said on Thursday the government has intensified its preparations to deal with any national disaster, particularly with the onset of the typhoon season. In a press conference, Ubial said to mark the annual July “National Disaster Conciousness Month,” the Department of Health (DOH) and all its hospitals and […]

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Two Philippine Companies Receive First Lead Safe Paint® Certifications

(SCS Global Services Issues Certificates Under New Standard) Quezon City, Philippines– Two multi-national paint companies, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. and Davies Paints Philippines, Inc., are the first in the world to earn the Lead Safe Paint® mark under a newly-established certification program. The certification program, which was established by the international non-profit IPEN organization, […]

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Beware of the poisons in your homes and schools

SEEMINGLY harmless items like paracetamol, vitamins, lipsticks, colognes, perfumes and sanitizers could become poisons and cause death or serious injury if used in a wrong way. EcoWaste Coaition’s Project Protect Coordinator Thony Dizon issues the reminder following the launching of the National Poison Prevention Week on Monday. He notes that people use these seemingly harmless […]

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Green group warns men about cosmetics that adversely affect sexual and reproductive health

AS Father’s Day is celebrated, the EcoWAste Coalition urges men to avoid cosmetics with “fragrance” as an ingredient for it can disrupt disrupt hormonal functions and adversely affect their sexual and reproductive health. Citing the precautionary warnings by US based advocacy groups, the coalition said some cosmetics marketed to men and teenage boys like body spray […]

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Filipinos are getting overweight and obese – EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition,  a pro-public health and environment group, expresses alarm over the rising number of overweight and obese Filipinos and their negative implications on public health. Citing data from the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the EcoWaste Coalition notes that the number of overweight and obese […]