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STATUS OF GHS IMPLEMENTATION PHILIPPINES. “GHS Conference for ASEAN: Implementation Towards 2008 and Beyond” Jakarta, Indonesia 9-11 May 2007 ANGELITA F. ARCELLANA DTI-BOI GHS National Coordinator. Background. 2002 - During the World Summit on Sustainable

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status of ghs implementation philippines

“GHS Conference for ASEAN: Implementation Towards 2008 and Beyond”

Jakarta, Indonesia

9-11 May 2007



GHS National Coordinator



2002 - During the World Summit on Sustainable

Development, the Philippines pledged to

implement the GHS by 2008.

- ThePhilippines has also agreed with the other

international bodies like APEC Chemical

Dialogue and AMEICC to adopt the GHS.



2004 - In March, JETRO/AOTS started conducting

seminars/workshops on GHS.

- The Board of Investments (BOI), an attached

agency of the Dept. of Trade and Industry, was

designated as the national lead agency for GHS


- A GHS Multi-Sectoral Committee was formed

per recommendation during the 2nd APEC

Chemical Dialogue in Malaysia in Sept 2004.



2005 - The Philippines was selected in March

2005 by UNITAR as one of the first

3 pilot countries in ASEAN for its GHS

capacity building and implementation

project, which paved the way for GHS

for GHS implementation initiatives.

national ghs implementation structure
National GHS Implementation Structure
  • The National GHS Implementation Committee is the governing body with the BOI as the coordinating agency and chair of all Sectoral Committees, composed of representatives from:

Government – 26 agencies

Industry – 4 associations

Civil Society – 5 public interest and labor



members of national implementation committee
Members of National Implementation Committee


1.   Board of Investments (DTI-BOI)2.    Civil Service Commission (CSC)3.   Department of Agriculture-Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority

(DA-FPA)4.    Department of Environment and Natural Resources

(DENR), main5. DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)

6.    Department of Finance-Bureau of Customs (DOF-BOC)7.   Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)8. Department of Health-Bureau of Food and Drugs (DOH-


members of national implementation committee1
Members of National Implementation Committee

Government :

9. DOH-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control

(DOH-NCDPC)10.Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), main11. DILG – Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)

12.Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Working

Conditions (DOLE-BWC)13.   DOLE-Occupational Safety and Health Center (DOLE-

OSHC)14.  Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Product

Standards (DTI-BPS)15.   DTI-Bureau of Small & Medium Enterprises Development

(BSMED)16.Department of Transportation and Communications DOTC),


members of national implementation committee2
Members of National Implementation Committee

Government :

17.DOTC-Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)18.   Department of Science and Technology-Industrial

Technology Development Institute (DOST- ITDI)19.National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 20. Philippine National Police (PNP)

21.Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)22.Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)23.Philippine Information Agency (PIA)24.Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) 25.   University of the Philippines – National Engineering Center

(UP-NEC) 26. UP - National Poison Control and Information Service


members of national implementation committee3
Members of National Implementation Committee


27.Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK)28. Crop Life Philippines, Inc.

29. Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Assn.

30.  Philippine Association of Chemical Suppliers, Inc. (PACSI)

Civil Society:

31.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)32. Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Phils.

33. Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc. (NACI)

34. Philippine Seafarers Union (PSU)

35. Philippine Society of Clinical and Occupational

Toxicology (PSCOT)


GHS Implementation Timetable

  • Phase 1 (July 2005 – February 2006)

Situation & Gap Analysis (conducted by the four (4) Sectoral Committees)

Comprehensibility Testing (conducted by University of the Philippines-National Engineering Center)


GHS Implementation Timetable

Phase 2

The National GHS Workshop was held on 8-10 May 2006, where the results of the Comprehensibility Testing (CT) and Situation and Gap Analysis were presented. An implementation plan/strategy was also developed.

awareness raising capacity building activities seminars workshops conducted by jetro aots
Awareness Raising & Capacity Building ActivitiesSeminars/Workshops Conducted by JETRO/AOTS
phase 2 industry activities
Phase 2 - Industry Activities
  • Four (4) 2-day nationwide training workshops were conducted by SPIK (Chemical Industry Association of the Philippines), for mostly SMEs and non-SPIK member companies, for a total of 143 participants:

1. Cebu (28-29 July 2006)

2. Metro Manila/National Capital Region (18-19 August 2006)

3. Cagayan de Oro (October 2006)

4. Region 3 (December 2006)

industry activities
Industry Activities

Participants in SPIK Workshops:

Manufacturers, importers, distributors, traders, retailers, repackers, transporters, and emergency responders. Chemistry students, faculty members teaching Chemistry, and government regulators also participated.

industry activities1
Industry Activities

SPIK’s Training Module include the following:

1.    Overview of GHS

  • Presentation of the Philippine National Implementation of GHS

from 2005-2007.

3. Lecture and workshop on Physical Hazards

4. Lecture and workshop on Health and Environmental Hazards

5. Lecture and workshop on Labels and SDS

6. Introduction to References, Databases, Sources of

Information for GHS


phase 2 civil society activities
Phase 2 - Civil Society Activities
  • Awareness Raising Workshops by Public Interest and Labor Organizations:
    • Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) for the Industrial Workplace and Transport Sectors
    • Pesticide Action Network (PAN, Phils.) for the Agriculture Sector
    • Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc. (NACI) for the Consumer Sector
civil society activities
Civil Society Activities

TUCP Awareness Raising Activities:

  • Regional Training Workshop on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for POSITIVE Core Trainers, held in Davao City on 07 – 08 February 2007, attended by 25 trade union leaders from Mindanao-based TUCP-affiliated federations.
  • Participation-Oriented Safety Improvements by Trade Unions Initiative: National Trainers’ Conference, held 06-09 December 2006, Occupational Safety and Health Center, Diliman, Quezon City
civil society activities1
Civil Society Activities

Pesticide Action Network (PAN, Phils.) Activities

  • A GHS Workshop for Civil Society was held on October 13 2006, attended by 23 participants representing key national NGOs.
  • PAN Phils. produced and distributed a brochure on GHS, pictogram posters and a resource CD.
  • Media releases were also done to broaden the reach for public awareness.
civil society activities2
Civil Society Activities

Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc. (NACI) Activities

  • Consumer Education Seminars on GHS were conducted by NACI in Metro Manila on 09 December 2006 and in Cebu on 20 January 2007, for a total of 58 participants. Another seminar is being scheduled in Davao by end of May 2007.
  • NACI also distributed copies of the brochure on GHS.

Phase 2 - Preparation of Draft GHS Legislation

Activities Conducted by the Sub-Committee on Legislation, headed by BOI and Environmental Management Bureau:

  • National Consultations, Workshops and Forum on the Legal Implementation of GHS were conducted in April, May and November 2006.
  • Roundtable Discussions and TWG Meetings for the Drafting of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 6969, otherwise known as the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990, to incorporate the provision of GHS, were done from October 2006 to April 2007.

Status of Draft GHS Legislation


The Revised IRR to implement the GHS has already been PREPARED by the TWG on GHS Legislation. A public hearing is being scheduled early June 2007.

- Included in the IRR is the delineation of duties and responsibilities of concerned agencies/institutions/entities in the implementation of GHS.

other activities strategies for the implementation of ghs
Other Activities/Strategies for the Implementation of GHS

Preparation of Label Standards

Creation of a Technical Committee by the DTI Bureau of Product Standards for the preparation of label standards for chemicals.

advocacy promotion of ghs in the philippines
Advocacy/Promotion of GHS in the Philippines

DOLE-OSHC Activities:

  • IEC materials such as posters, brochures, chemical safety tips have been reproduced and distributed in government offices and industrial workplaces.
  • Learning Sessions on GHS were conducted in 10 regions
  • Info campaign thru tri-media: Radio, TV and focus group discussions
other activities for the implementation of ghs
Other Activities for the Implementation of GHS

Information Brochure for SMEs

  • UNITAR has also entered into a MOA with SPIK to produce an information brochure on the GHS for companies especially SMEs.
phase 3
Phase 3

Road Map Development and National Review Workshop scheduled in June 2007