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This website provides resources on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, and wastes. Valuable examples of community monitoring of health and environmental impacts of toxic chemicals are also furnished.

Further, there is an entire section devoted to chemical safety in its proper socio-political context or in relation to issues such as globalization and people's empowerment.

 

National Council of Churches in the Philippines tackles the Stockholm Convention

 

With the official worldwide enforcement of the Stockholm Convention only a few weeks away, Health and Environmental Alliance Against Toxics began its information campaign on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Stockholm Convention.

At a weekly meeting of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) on April 26, Sampaguita Quijano from HEAL Toxics gave a talk on the characteristics and harmful effects of POPs, and explained the role of the Stockholm Convention in protecting human health and the environment from POPs.

Several concerns were raised during the meeting. A primary issue was that of the country’s capacity to implement the Convention. Although the Convention obliges first world countries to help developing countries by providing the financial and technical assistance necessary to allow them to meet their obligations, at present there is a lack of alternatives that are available in the country, particularly in waste management. There is a need for immediate and readily accessible alternatives that the people can use as the Stockholm Convention takes effect. It was suggested that eco-friendly indigenous practices be explored as viable alternatives to POPs-producing processes.

At the same time, it was aired that the clean-up of the former U.S. bases should be given priority by the U.S. government as the Stockholm Convention officially becomes legally binding. In a study conducted by Weston International, high levels of POPs were found in wells and soil samples in Clark. The U.S. should take responsibility in cleaning up these toxins that were left behind, which continue to affect communities living in and around the area.

Another concern that was brought up was the responsibility of companies which use POPs producing processes. The government needs to take the initiative in holding these companies accountable, make sure that they shift to alternatives, and clean up their wastes.

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is an international treaty designed to end the production and use of some of the world’s most poisonous chemicals.

The Philippines signed the Convention in May 23, 2001, and ratified it on February 27, 2004. The Convention officially comes into force on May 17, 2004 in which it will become legally binding in over 50 countries around the world.


 

 

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