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and labor groups appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to review and revise the “outdated” Chemical Control Order (CCO) to implement a total ban on asbestos use.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

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Quebec government considering $58 million loan to support the mine despite moral outrage over export of dangerous asbestos to India, Indonesia and the Philippines

December 23, 2010

Campaigners are protesting against plans to re-open the world’s largest asbestos mine, the Jeffrey Mine in Quebec with the help of $58 million from the provincial government. The mine would export upwards of 6 million tonnes of chrysotile asbestos to less industrialised countries over the next 25 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ethical basis of policy-making

December 15, 2010

Below is an excerpt from the above article by A.G ROMUALDEZ JR., M.D.

An article in The Lancet, a leading international medical and public health journal, has accused the government of Canada of hypocrisy in its policies regarding the asbestos industry. Asbestos, established as a cause of mesothelioma (a deadly form of lung cancer), has long been banned for use in construction in almost all developed countries – including Canada. Nevertheless, that country is still one of the world’s major exporters of the lethal material to countries that still allow its use – such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »