Text by Dr. Vicky Migo and Dr. Lilibeth Coo
As part of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP)’s Continuing Professional Education Program, a special workshop on “Sampling for Chemical Analysis” was held last April 26, 2013 at the Police Training Center, Camp Crame, Quezon City. The seminar was conducted by Dr. Edgar F. Paski of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Dr. Paski or Ed, as he is fondly called by his colleagues from ICP, has worked in industry and government in the areas of mining and mineral exploration, environmental chemistry, pulp and paper technology and agrology. He teaches courses in analytical atomic spectrometry, quality assurance and the assayer certification program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He is one strict assessor with an eagle-eye precision to correct techniques for testing laboratories to the ISO 17025 Standard for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA). It is in this area of his expertise that he got acquainted with IRRI chemists and later with ICP. Dr. Paski’s professional interests include: plasma spectrochemistry, sampling for chemical analysis, chemometrics, automated chemical analysis, trace elements in geological and environmental materials, quality assurance, laser applications in analytical chemistry, multidimensional luminescence spectrometry, computer applications in analytical chemistry, assaying precious metals.
The workshop aims to give participants an understanding of the critical influence of sampling on the quality of analytical results, especially for geological, environmental, and agricultural materials. The topics covered include variability in test results, accepted terminology for the various types of sample materials, heterogeneity of solid objects, tools and techniques for sampling solids, liquids and gases, fundamental causes of sampling errors and how to estimate laboratory and field sampling uncertainties. Most of the 60 participants came from commercial private laboratories and some are from the government (DOST, EDC and PC Crime Lab) and from the academe (Adamson University, Bicol University).
General Liza Sabong of the PNP, a member of the ICP Board of Directors (representing the government) gave the warm welcome remarks. Her speech described the importance of maintaining the integrity of samples (specimens) in the forensic science. She noted the critical role of analytical chemists in generating accurate results in the field of forensic chemistry. She proudly informed the audience of the DNA laboratory of the PNP that houses the complete array of analytical instruments for DNA testing.
The seminar cum workshop was a one-man show handled by the very energetic and indefatigable Dr. Paski whose lectures are very informative and enlightening. The participants appreciated his lectures and were very thankful for a lot of materials and references on sampling techniques which Dr. Paski freely shared. The highlight of the activity is a workshop wherein participants were made to employ the different methods of sampling which they learned from the lectures, and applied them in a mixture of grains: rice, green and red mungbeans, etc. Acknowledgement is due to Shimadzu Philippines Corporation for providing two units of top loading balance that were used during the workshop. All participants recognized the value of the training and the useful information that they got from this seminar.
BRAND CONCEPTS SUPPLIES AND MFG. INC.
#14 F. Carlos St., Howmart Rd., Brgy. A. Samson,
EDSA Balintawak, Quezon City
Nature of company: Cosmetics and Homecare products
Job Title: Pharmacist/Chemist/Biochemist
Male or female
Must be 25 years old and above
Must be a licensed Pharmacist, Chemist, or Biochemist
Must have at least 2 years related work experience
Must be willing and able to work in the areas of Product Development, Material Sourcing, Material Cost Computation, Finished Goods Production, Pre-Dispensing/In-Process/Finished Goods Quality Control
Must have above average communication skills
Must be willing to work against a deadline
Must be precise and accurate
May have a flexible work schedule
Interested applicants may send their curriculum vitae online at email@example.com
Text by Marie Astrid Amboy and Vicky Migo
Photographs courtesy of Dr. EJ del Rosario and Fayme Magallanes
Ariella Arida (center) with fellow winners of the Binibining Pilipinas 2013
Our 2013 Bb. Pilipinas Universe, MS. ARIELLA H. ARIDA hails from Alaminos Laguna. Ara, as she is fondly called by her friends, finished her high school at Laguna College (LC), San Pablo City. She started her tertiary education in 2005 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, initially with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, but shifted into BS Chemistry on her second year in the university, which she finished in 2010. Her undergraduate thesis is entitled “Virtual Binding of Synthetic Nucleoside Analogues and Phyto-brassino steroids to NS5 Dengue Virus mRNA 2’-o-Methyltransferase Domain Using Dock Software”, which she presented in the 2010 Philippine Chemistry Congress held at Subic Bay, Zambales.
Her academic adviser is no other than the accomplished Professor Ernesto J. del Rosario who is known to his students as “Sir EJ”. Ara described Sir EJ as the “coolest and smartest teacher she has known”. In the acknowledgement part of her thesis manuscript, Ara wrote “Sir, salamat sa lahat ng wisdom, mapa- Science, Philo, Psy, religion, lovelife, in short, anything under the sun, ang dami nyo pong natuturo sa akin”. Ara’s favorite hang-outs in “elbi” are ICs and Boston Café which she acknowledged to have played a big role why she graduated because of its 24 hour-internet and cafe service. She enjoyed eating and hanging-out with her barkadas at LB Square, Los Kababos, and Rally Point for the “comfort food” plus Baan Thai for her favourite pad thai. Other things that she enjoyed doing in her college years during her spare time are going to the beach and bargain shopping. Being an Iglesia ni Cristo, she has also been a devoted church goer, making sure to go to church in spite of her busy schedule.
“From a different kind of life I used to have—I used to go to school wearing rubber shoes and a laboratory gown—and now here I am with the crown, wearing makeup.” It was the only thing that mattered after she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2013 at the 50th culmination night of Binibining Pilipinas last April 14, 2013 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Overwhelmed by her victory, she says she is prepared to handle the pressure that comes with her new crown.
Ara, who also won the Best in Swimsuit Award earlier that night has also competed at Miss Philippines Earth 2012 and was a former Mutya ng Laguna titleholder. She is a ramp model and enjoys sports including volleyball, swimming, and running.
During the most anticipated question and answer portion, she was asked by PNP Chief Allan Purisima what lesson in life women can teach men. Her answer was, “One lesson in life that we, women, can teach men is being sensitive. Because we all know that men are more logical when it comes to decision. They usually are more rational, straight forward. Unlike we, women, we use our heart and we tend to get emotional in some of our decisions. For me, sensitivity is something that we can teach men.”
She describes herself as an average person. But during this pageant she worked hard physically, mentally and emotionally which is evident in her physique and performance that Sunday night. She surely has big shoes to fill but no one can stop her from fulfilling her dreams.
Profession-wise, past beauty queens have covered a lot ranging from an Architect (Shamcey Supsup), a Pharmacist (Janine Tugonon), a Physical Therapist (Miriam Quiambao) and a Lawyer (Ana Theresa Licaros) to name a few. Will a Chemist bring home the most coveted crown this time?
Destileria Limtuaco & Company, Inc.
Destileria Limtuaco Bldg., 1830 E. Delos Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Job Title: Chemist
Job Title: Quality Assurance Inspector
Interested applicants may e-mail their comprehensive resume with picture at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You may call 361-74-91 to 98 local 813/814 to schedule for an appointment.
By Dr. Linda Torres
The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) conducted a one-day seminar on “Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Basic Laboratory Equipment” in Silliman University, Dumaguete City on April 8, 2013 prior to the 28th Philippine Chemistry Congress. This is in coordination with the Department of Chemistry of Silliman University chaired by Dr. Paulina Aspilla.
Top to bottom: Mr. Carmel Tony Vella (HPLCworks), Mr. Arturo Torres (Shimadzu), Ms. Edna Mijares (Jefcor)
Invited Speakers include Mr. Carmel Tony Vella of HPLCworks Philippines based in California, USA; Mr. Arturo Torres of Shimadzu Philippines Corporation and Ms. Edna Mijares, CEO, Jefcor Laboratories and ICP 1st Vice-President. Ms. Mijares discussed the preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of gas chromatography, followed by Mr. Vella’s talk on HPLC. Meanwhile, Mr. Torres conducted a comprehensive presentation on preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of UV-Vis spectrophometry and atomic absorption chromatography in the afternoon.
ICP President Dr. Toby Dayrit (left) with speakers
Dr. Fabian Dayrit, ICP President welcomed the participants and stressed ICP’s commitment for continuing professional education to our chemists. The seminar was participated by 67 ICP members and non-members chemists all over the country including chemistry students of the said university. ICP would like to acknowledge Mr. Bernardo Mitra Sr. for sponsoring the foods served during the seminar. It was a succesful activity again by the ICP despite of a short preparation and notices to our members. Let’s congratulate Ms. Mijares for spearheading this activity. Job well done.
Unit 1508 88 Corporate Center
141 Sedeno corner Valero Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
MTQCORP INC. is a Philippine-based start-up trading company located in Salcedo Village, Makati City. The company engages in the business of trading and distributing of chemical products.
Moreover, it caters to the needs of various clients, having their headquarters and offices overseas such as in Indonesia, USA, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and China, on importing to, exporting from, and distributing the said products among different markets in the Philippines.
Job Title: Chemical Marketer & Sales
Description: Marketing and sales of chemical products to traders and/or manufacturers
Preferably a graduate of chemical engineering or chemistry-related course
Preferably with 2 years of professional experience in the related field in the past
Above average communication skill in English
Age from 25 years old to 35 years old
Presentable /well-groomed appearance
Professionalism in work required
Full-time employment status available
The white smoke used to signal the end of papal conclave is produced from a mixture of potassium chlorate, lactose, and rosin, a natural amber resin obtained from conifers. The white “fumata” that emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney on March 13 hailed the election of Jorge Bergoglio, Argentien cardinal, and Bishop of Buenos Aires, as new pope and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. He is the first pope to choose the name Francis (drawing connections to Francis of Assisi and Francis Xavier), the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1300 years, the first Latin American pope, and the first Jesuit pope. He prefers keeping a low profile and is known for his simplicity and humility, choosing to use public transport and live in a small apartment.
College graduate (BS Chemistry and other related courses)
Must have 1 year relevant working experience preferably in a
pharmaceutical or environmental company
Computer literate and highly organized
Good oral and written communication
Preferably with basic laboratory experiences
Experiences in Gas Chromatography or other instrumental analyses are an advantage
License is an advantage but not required.
MACH UNION WATER LABORATORY, INC.
(MACH UNION LABORATORY)
Mach Union Bldg., 335 Alabang-Zapote Road,
Talon 3, Las Pinas City
Tel: 553-8381 to 82 Fax: 553-8878
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Manufacturing and Distribution company of construction supplies is in need of a Chemist specializing in Epoxy Based Adhesives and sealants / Construction Chemicals.
A. GENERAL FUNCTIONS:
• Assistant to the Head Chemist / Technical Manager
• Conduct trainings for its products
• Technical Sales Consultant
• Research and Development
B. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assist QA/ QC for checking of raw materials, operations and finished product
• Perform production process analysis and other laboratory functions
• Responsible for documentation of products developed.
• Prepare quotations for clients
• Perform mock-up presentation to clients
• Maintenance of machinery and laboratory equipments
• Submission of reports needed by immediate head and or other department
• Other related task and instruction from immediate supervisor/head
• Other related task of Technical and QA/QC department
• Other tasks that may be assigned
• Has worked with companies dealing with epoxy based adhesives, construction chemicals, sealants
• Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College Degree in Chemistry
• Candidate must have a minimum of 3 or more years experience in chemistry, product research and development.
• Must be organized in maintaining files and records
• Able to apply a high degree of discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential matters
• Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Tagalog
• Can adapt to a fast and dynamic industry that requires changes in short notice
Work Schedules: Applicants must be willing to work from Mondays to Saturdays 8am -5pm
Work location: Applicants must be willing to work Quezon City
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