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Labor group wants teachers’ protection from asbestos

May 25, 2011

MANILA — The Department of Education (DepEd) was asked to implement measures that will protect teachers, students and volunteers from hazardous substances, such as asbestos during the weeklong Brigada Eskwela program. Read the rest of this entry »

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Street art used in fight vs. asbestos

May 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – On Anda Street in the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila, 10 teams of “graffiti crews” battled it out on Saturday in a street art contest to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos to human health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos

April 28, 2011

ALU/TUCP/BWI News Release

Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos

28 April 2011, Quezon City –Trade unions called on Philippine government in today’s International Commemoration Day for the Dead and Injured Workers to revive its ineffective policies on asbestos by calling them to inspect public buildings and reduce hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers and their families’ exposure to asbestos dust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay away from asbestos

April 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at risk of inhaling asbestos, with as much as 6,000 metric tons of the substance imported to the country each year. Read the rest of this entry »

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For workers’ safety, govt urged to check buildings for asbestos

April 25, 2011

Concerned over the number of workers affected by asbestos-related diseases, a labor group has urged the government to check public buildings for asbestos, a toxic mineral commonly used in building construction projects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine unions call for inspection for asbestos of public buildings and for NPEAD!

April 14, 2011

Unions will commemorate and highlight the International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) on April 28 with a call for the Philippine government to inspect public buildings and to reduce exposure of workers and their families to presence of asbestos and asbestos containing materials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Total ban on asbestos use pressed

April 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Environment and labor groups appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to review and revise the “outdated” Chemical Control Order (CCO) to implement a total ban on asbestos use. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine update: House Committee approves asbestos ban bills

March 16, 2011

Manila, Philippines (16 March 2011) – The House of Representatives Committee on Ecology approved House Bill Nos. 479 and 896. The approval came after the bill authors agreed to an amendment addressing installed asbestos-containing materials in houses and buildings. A Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to consolidate the bills would craft the amendment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Do you have asbestos in your house?

February 21, 2011

February 18, 2011: MANILA, Philippines—If you are planning to renovate your house built in the 1970s, you may not be aware of the danger posed by such a job in terms of financial and health costs to your family. Homes built around this time are most likely to contain asbestos in their construction.
Asbestos is a mineral substance that was once considered a “miracle mineral” when it was used in the building industry in the 1800s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine update: Unions to expand asbestos consciousness

February 17, 2011

17 February 2011: Manila, Philippines – The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) affiliates would engage their construction safety officer-members in the campaign to ban asbestos in the Philippines. In a meeting Friday, February 11, 2011, the National Union of Building and Construction Workers (NUBCW) and the Association of Construction and Informal Workers (ACIW) volunteered their safety officers to be trained as asbestos advocates in the workplace. Read the rest of this entry »