Call for Nominations: Outstanding Chemist of 2013

Every year, the Professional Regulation Commission 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 for 2013.

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.

Through the years, we have honored outstanding Chemistry professionals, such as the following:
Dr. Benigno Peczon, Dr. William G. Padolina, Dr. Ester A. Garcia, Dr. Modesto T. Chua, Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III, Dr. Elma C. Llaguno, Ms. Ella Deocadiz, Dr. Aida Aguinaldo, Dr. Alumanda dela Rosa, Dr. Trinidad Trinidad, Dr. Ernesto del Rosario, Gen. Lina Sarmiento, Mr. Fred Reyes, Ms. Teresita Cayton, Dr. Nemesio Montaño.

The PRC announcement and nomination form may be downloaded from the ICP website. The deadline for submission by the nomination committee to PRC is April 2, 2013. However, since the nominees have to be evaluated and endorsed by ICP, the deadline for submission to ICP is March 4, 2013 (Monday).

You may download the nomination form HERE.

Call for Nominations for Member of the Board of Chemistry

The Chemistry profession is regulated by the PRC through the Board of Chemistry. The Board of Chemistry has three (3) members and nominations are being invited for members of the Board.

For the list of complete requirements, click HERE to download the file.

Deadline of submission of entries is on 2 April 2013 (Tuesday).

ICP-Bacolod Technical Seminar and Induction of 2013 Officers

The newly-reorganized ICP-Bacolod Chapter marked its re-inauguration with a Seminar on Chemical Waste Management which was held at Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City, last December 7, 2012. ICP-Bacolod was formerly known as ICP-Negros.

The guest resource speaker for the seminar was Ms. Edna C. Mijares, Vice President of ICP-National and President and CEO of JEFCOR Laboratories.  The seminar attracted a big audience from industry (sugarmills, distilleries, bottling plants, and others), academe, research institutions, hospitals, clinical labs and government agencies.

The highlight of the event was the induction of the 2013 officers: President: Roselyn C. Usero, Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative Analytical and Diagnostic Laboratory; Vice-president: Dida V. Gatanela, Sugar Regulatory Administration; Secretary: Mildred P. Bermejo, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos; Treasurer: Glenda S. Buendia, SRA; Board of Directors: Melinda M. Montaño, UNO-R; Leilani L. Crucero and Charity Huna B. Fabon, University of St. La Salle; Russell Guacena, Distileria Bago; Grace Tantengco, Aldrzt Corp; Ma. Elisa A. Alvarez, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc.; Arlene C. Matti, SRA-Bacolod; Leo D. Pacalda, First Farmers Milling Corp.; and Mary Jonie O. Villanueva, West Negros University.

The event, which was sponsored by Molave Trading, was the perfect venue for rekindling the ties between ICP-Bacolod and ICP-National. The new set of officers expressed their commitment to give their full support and participation in the plans and programs of ICP-National.

ICP-Bacolod looks forward to more activities next year to boost the morale of not only licensed chemists but associate members as well to make ICP-Bacolod active again, productive and sustainable.
Another challenge for ICP-Bacolod is to produce more chemists in Negros and to revive hope as the organization continues to believe that the Chemistry profession will make a radical recovery back to the level where it once was.

Advanced GHS Training held in Makati

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines held its second in the series of GHS Awareness activities by conducting the Advanced GHS Training last November 27-29, 2012, at the Makati Palace Hotel in Makati City.

This advanced training for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was intended for all of those who are involved in chemical safety in the laboratory both academe and industry,  research , production, transport and public health. The participants included those who completed the Basic GHS Training or had attended seminar on GHS Overview.

The objectives of the Advanced GHS Training were: to familiarize participants with the GHS criteria for classifying physical, health and environmental hazards; to learn the elements of hazard communication; and to practice application of hazard criteria to sample chemicals and to determine which GHS hazard communication elements apply.

The course was divided into four parts. Part 1 was the Introduction to Hazard Classification and Hazard Communication where the steps and guidelines on how to classify and communicate the hazards were discussed. Part 2 was about Physical Hazard Criteria, where the 16 classes of physical hazards were defined and characterized and the criteria for determining the categories, i.e., the severity, of each hazard class are discussed. At the end of the presentation participants were divided into 7 groups and given set of exercises to answer. Each group presented the process of how they arrived at the answers. Part 3 presented Health Hazard Criteria where the basis for classifying the ten (10) health hazard classes and their categories were explained. Similar to Part 1, a set of exercises were also provided where each group was asked to answer and present their reasons for their classification. Part 4 covered Environmental Hazard Criteria, where the basis for classifying the class of hazard and the categories were discussed. At the end of this presentation, a workshop was conducted to solve a set of exercises which was given to each group. Presentors from each group were asked to discuss and explain their answers.

The three-day training was concluded with the awarding certificates to the participations by the trainers, Ms. Tessie B. Corpuz and Ms. Marila Palisoc.