The Chemistry Act of 2010

You may view the copy of the Chemistry Act (Senate bill 2049) HERE.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara pushes for amendments in the country’s Chemistry law in order to strengthen the profession and underscore its role in national development.

“Chemistry is an integral component of S&T, and sadly, the Philippines has been slow in adapting to changes which are brought about by the rise of international standards and global competition. Recent developments and innovations in the field have underscored the urgency of repealing the decades-old Chemistry Law,” Angara said who chairs the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology, and Engineering (COMSTE).

He added, “It is imperative for the country to enact a responsive policy instrument that is responsive to the demands of the profession and global competitiveness trends.”

The “Chemistry Law of 2009” seeks to emphasize the role of chemistry in national development by promoting and protecting the interests of chemistry profession. It also aims to elevate the standards of the profession by strengthening the promotion, regulation and measures for continued development in the field.

“Building a strong Science & Technology foundation is necessary for the country to push forward and become competitive on the global stage,” Angara emphasized.

Angara however revealed, “Science and Technology is not given utmost attention in relation to its role in the progress of our country,”

Republic Act No. 754 otherwise known as the Chemistry Law was enacted June 18, 1952 or almost six decades ago. It was deemed outdated and fails to response to the demands of global trends. The proposed Chemistry Law will boost the country’s aspirations towards global competitiveness.

“We intend to fuel the creativity of our local scientists and stimulate a synergy of ideas, forge connections between scientists in the Philippines and the international scientific community; and eventually propel the country as a respectable source of S&T innovations, much like Taiwan and Korea have done,” said Angara.

Text retrieved from http://www.edangara.com/node/48.

Career Symposium and the Oath Taking of New Chemists

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), in cooperation with the Board of Chemistry, will conduct a Oath Taking for Chemists together with the distribution of PRC Certificates of Registration and Professional ID Cards to those who passed the September 2011 Chemistry Licensure Examination. The Top Ten examinees and Most Outstanding Schools will also be recognized by the Board of Chemistry.

The Oath Taking for Chemists will be held on October 21, 2011 (Friday), 1:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Manila Hotel, Manila. Attire is strictly Business Attire.

For details, please download document below:
Oathtaking 2011 – Letter to New Chemists [PDF]

Outstanding Chemist for 2011

Fred Reyes

Let us all congratulate Fred Reyes for his award as Outstanding Chemist for 2011.

For his remarkable competence, expertise and leadership as owner, president and chief executive officer of a corporation that brings innovative and effective product concepts to the country’s personal care and food industries; for establishing a fragrance factory that trained over 6,000 would-be entrepreneurs in the perfume industry; for founding a company for skin care products for serving as chairman of wellness centers or skin stations that offer advanced non-surgical dermatological procedures; for his worthy contributions to society and the profession through his affiliation and active participation in various professional, civic and religious organizations, societies, clubs, international exhibits and conferences; and for bringing honor to the profession as a recepient of the Outstanding Chemist in Industry Award, Most Admired Entrpreneur Award, IT Excellence for SME Award and Most Outstanding Chemist Entrepreneur Award.