STATUS OF GHS IMPLEMENTATION PHILIPPINES. â€œGHS Conference for ASEAN: Implementation Towards 2008 and Beyondâ€ 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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“GHS Conference for ASEAN: Implementation Towards 2008 and Beyond”
9-11 May 2007
ANGELITA F. ARCELLANA
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.
Government – 26 agencies
Industry – 4 associations
Civil Society – 5 public interest and labor
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-
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),
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
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)
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
Situation & Gap Analysis (conducted by the four (4) Sectoral Committees)
Comprehensibility Testing (conducted by University of the Philippines-National Engineering Center)
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.
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)
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.
SPIK’s Training Module include the following:
1. Overview of GHS
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
TUCP Awareness Raising Activities:
Pesticide Action Network (PAN, Phils.) Activities
Nationwide Association of Consumers, Inc. (NACI) Activities
Activities Conducted by the Sub-Committee on Legislation, headed by BOI and Environmental Management Bureau:
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.
Preparation of Label Standards
Creation of a Technical Committee by the DTI Bureau of Product Standards for the preparation of label standards for chemicals.
Information Brochure for SMEs
Road Map Development and National Review Workshop scheduled in June 2007