Presidential Communications Operations Office

  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Sunday, 29 January 2023 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 << January 2023 >> 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Special News Editions:
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release

RP receives kudos from int'l experts over handling of toxic materials in sunken vessels

Manila (21 July) -- The Philippine government received kudos from international experts over its handling of toxic materials in the sunken Princess of the Stars off Sibuyan Island.

Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita said that a joint team of experts from the United Nations and the European Union noted that the efforts of the Philippine government to prevent and control a potential environment and human disaster have been successful, and that it is "on track with what they are doing to assess the situation."

The international experts arrived in the country through the efforts of the Department of Health (DOH) which has coordinated with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the possible health hazards arising from the sinking of the Princess of the Stars as part of the country's obligations to the International Health Regulations.

The DOH sub-task force on hazardous materials has instituted preventive measures that include a ban on fishing along a five-kilometer radius. Ermita explained that this is in keeping with an earlier advisory from Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on the need for such a prudent precaution.

The DOH is now looking at the acute health and nutrition effects of the fishing ban and will work with the WHO and the local communities in Sibuyan to address the health concerns.

On the other hand, health assessments on the diver to detect exposure to the harmful chemicals have also been made by the DOH and no acute signs of pesticide poisoning were found.

Together with the UN-EU team, the DOH has also coordinated with communities in Sibuyan to draw up contingency plans on preparedness, readiness, and response to hazards and risk before, during and following salvage operations which will start in August. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

|«  prev  next  »|
»Oil firms give in to PGMA's appeal, price hike cut by half to P1.50 per liter effective Monday
»DSWD starts massive rehab projects in typhoon-devastated regions
»RP receives kudos from int'l experts over handling of toxic materials in sunken vessels
»Farmers beginning to gain additional income from jatropha plantations
»PGMA to deliver additional "Katas ng EVAT" in ARMM, Region 12 Tuesday
»President visits North Cotabato to look into needs of rubber industry
»President flies to Region 12 Monday to assess ongoing relief operations for typhoon victims
»BAR supports basic research on traditional and modern biotech
»RDCC VI 'retraces' typhoon Frank's journey; learns lessons along the way
»Imported trees failed to check Iloilo flooding, says hydrologist
|«  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines