ICP Opens Chem Week 2019 with Seminar-Workshop on Chemical Waste Management

In celebration of this year’s National Chemistry Week, the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) has organized a seminar-workshop on Practical and Cost-Effective Solutions to Laboratory Chemical Wastes held on 18 February 2019 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila. The event was well-attended by around 350 participants coming in from all parts of the country and representing diverse chemical sectors such as those working in the industry setting, educational institutions, government agencies, among others.

Five well-versed speakers kept the participants abreast on the latest developments and updates regarding the said topic. Mr Roger Evangelista (Environmental Management Bureau) discussed extensively the newly-updated regulations on how to effectively manage the hazardous wastes of chemical laboratories. He also informed the participants regarding the important role of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in monitoring generators, transporters, and treaters of hazardous waste for the benefit of stakeholders and the community at large.

Mr Johanne Guilaran (Jefcor Laboratories) discussed extensively on the classification of hazardous wastes. He also mentioned ways on how laboratories can minimize the chemical wastes they generate. Ms Priscilla Alice Samonte (Nuevochem Specialties) gave practical information on how laboratory personnel would handle and store their chemical wastes. She stressed on the importance of segregation, using proper labels, and periodic inspection of stored wastes.

The Honorable Ma. Teresa Cayton (Board of Chemistry, Professional Regulation Commission) tackled on the proper disposal and treatment of chemical wastes. She also reported on the latest figures regarding laboratories who are faithfully complying with the Chemistry Profession Act of 2015, and showed some examples on how laboratories practice either good or bad waste management.

Lastly, Dr Glenn Alea (De La Salle University) emphasized on the safety practices that all laboratory personnel must follow while inside their respective chemical laboratory, such as the dynamic role of both employer and employees on laboratory safety, and how a company’s chemical safety manual must be regularly reviewed and updated.

Certainly, the participants gained a plethora of knowledge and practical wisdom on how to further improve their laboratory waste management. The ICP would like to express its most sincere gratitude to them for attending this event and making it successful.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Chemist of 2019

Every year, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) honors the outstanding professional from each profession during the PRC Week which is held every June. We would like to invite ICP members to nominate individuals for the honor of Outstanding Chemist of 2019.

The criteria for selection include the following:
1. Professional Competence and Integrity in the exercise of the Chemistry profession
2. Meaningful participation in professional activities through the professional organization
3. Significant contributions to the advancement of the Chemistry profession
4. Evidence of social responsibility through meaningful social activities

The Outstanding Chemist can come from government, industry or academe. The evidence for outstanding performance will depend on the sector where the nominee comes from. The nominees have to be evaluated and endorsed by ICP. The deadline for submission to ICP is on February 28 (Thursday).

For relevant forms and further details, kindly contact the ICP via email (integratedchemists@gmail.com).

Let us recognize the outstanding chemists among us!

ICP-Bacolod Successfully Organizes Oath-Taking Ceremony, Seminar on Instrumentation

The Bacolod chapter of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), under the leadership of its chapter president Ms Roselyn Usero, has successfully organized two events on 14 December 2018 at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay, Negros Occidental.

The morning event was the regional oath-taking ceremony of new chemists and chemical technicians in the area. A total of five chemists and seventy chemical technicians were inducted in the event, witnessed by their respective families, friends, and colleagues. The ceremony’s motivational speaker was ICP’s Vice-President for External Affairs Ms. Edna Mijares, where she discussed the different career paths for the newly-licensed professionals. She also challenged them to blaze new trails to further uplift the state of the country’s chemistry profession. Also gracing the event was Hon. Adoracion Resurreccion, chair of the Board of Chemistry.

Meanwhile, a seminar on instrumentation and CPD updates was held in the afternoon session, which was well attended by chemists, chemical technicians, and other professionals who are working in the region. Mr. Edward Santos of Agilent Technologies discussed gas and liquid chromatography solutions, while Ms. Edna Mijares updated the audience regarding CPD requirements. A question-and-answer portion was allotted afterwards, where the audience’s queries regarding the Chemistry Profession Act, hazard pay, and other professional matters were addressed.

ICP’s Southern Mindanao Chapter Successfully Conducts Inaugural Oath-Taking Ceremony of Chemists, Chemical Technicians

The Southern Mindanao Chapter of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), under the leadership of its chapter president Ms. Christine Marie Tupaz, has successfully organized their first-ever oath-taking ceremony for new chemists and chemical technicians for 2018 last December 7 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City. A total of forty newly-licensed professionals took part in this historic event, witnessed by their respective families, friends, and colleagues. This inaugural event was graced by ICP Vice-President for External Affairs Ms. Edna Mijares, PRC Board of Chemistry Chair Dr. Adoracion Resurreccion and member Dr. Soledad CastaƱeda, and PRC Region XI Regional Director Ms. Josephine Liamzon.

Congratulations to the organizers for an orderly event. The entire ICP community warmly welcomes the new professionals to the chemistry profession!

ICP’s X/XII/ARMM/CARAGA Chapter Conducts First-Ever Oath-Taking Ceremony of Chemists, Chemical Technicians

The X/XII/ARMM/CARAGA Chapter of the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines, under the leadership of its chapter president Mr Higinio Jr Barros, organized their first ever regional oath-taking ceremony of new chemists and chemical technicians last November 23 at the Mallberry Suites & Business Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. A total of 115 newly-registered chemists and chemical technicians took their respective oaths.

Gracing this historic event were ICP-National’s VP for External Affairs Ms. Edna Mijares, PRC Board of Chemistry’s Hon. Adoracion Resurreccion and Hon. Ma. Teresa Cayton, and PRC 2016 Outstanding Chemist Dr. Myrna Mahinay who served as the event’s keynote speaker.

Congratulations to the ICP X/XII/ARMM/CARAGA Chapter for a successful hosting of the event, and congratulations to the newly-registered professionals!