Fact Sheet

A World Bank study reported that health costs in 2001 of exposure to particulate matter (PM10) in four urban centers, namely: Metro Manila, Baguio City, Cebu City and Davao City, are estimated to be over US $ 430 million. This amount is equivalent to 0.6 percent of the country’s national gross domestic product. <Click on title for the full article> 
There are approximately 900,000 motorcycles nationwide. Of these, Metro Manila contributes some 180,000 tricycles plying various routes in the area. This represents 20 percent of the total volume. <Click on title for the full article> 
Chemicals, whether synthetic or occurring in nature, are important components of life. Their utilization as ingredient to various industrial processes is universal. Chemicals are primarily used to improve our quality of life - pharmaceuticals to protect public health; agricultural chemicals to control pests and diseases; and equipment, appliances and other consumer products and services designed to bring comfort in every home and workplace. <Click on title for the full article> 
Part of the responsibilities of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), as regards the implementation of Republic Act No. 6969, also known as the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990”, is to compile and maintain an inventory of all chemicals and chemical substances in use throughout the country. This national inventory is called the Philippine Inventory of Chemicals and Chemical Substances or the PICCS.  <Click on title for the full article> 
In light of the country’s growing industrialization, however, the possibility of an increased volume and number of chemical substances being manufactured and imported into the country is not remote. It is in this context that the Pre-Manufacture and Pre-Importation Notification or PMPIN was instituted to provide adequate control mechanisms for new chemical substances to be manufactured, imported, distributed and used in the country. <Click on title for the full article> 

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the government agency responsible in the protection of the environment of the country shall actively pursue a sustained and systematic environmental governance of the country by adopting the following in its environmental policy: Ensure the attainment of an Environmental Quality that is Conducive for Present and Future Generations of Filipinos; Pursue Cooperation and Partnership; and Lead by Example. <Click on title for the full article> 

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic substances composed of organic (carbon-based) chemical compounds and mixtures. POPs are products and by-products of human industry that are relatively recent in origin. In the decades of this century, pollutants with these harmful properties were virtually non-existent in the food and in environment. <Click on title for the full article> 
An EMS is an organization’s set of management tools, principles and procedures aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the potential impacts of its activities, products and services. A successful EMS implementation may lead to ISO 14001 certification. <Click on title for the full article>