The ICP is pleased to inform you that the proposed revision of the Chemistry Law (RA 754) was recently passed on third reading in the Lower House. The sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Edgardo Angara. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV conducted its first public hearing on the proposed bill last May 31, 2012, and the Lower House is awaiting action in the Senate.
We have continued to actively discuss the proposed bill and now have some additional proposed changes in view of the following developments:
1. A higher level of General Chemistry will be taught in Grades 11 & 12. Because of concerns of chemical management and safety, we recommend that the laboratory manager should be a licensed Chemist.
2. The impending ASEAN single market in 2015 will require that chemical laboratories in the Philippines comply with high standards in terms of the qualifications of the laboratory manager and personnel.
3. We have replaced the term “chemical analyst” with “chemical technologist” but the qualifications and functions remain the same.
We would like to urgently request your support by writing to Senator Trillanes to expedite the passage of this bill during the current Congress. The ICP thanks you for your valuable support for this endeavor!