Seminar on Practical and Cost Effective Solutions to Laboratory Chemical Wastes (Part II)

It was in 2008 when the ICP held its first seminar on Chemical Laboratory Waste Management. As a result of this seminar, a number of laboratories initiated changes in their chemical waste management practices.  This seminar series have now come full circle and were speakers with the subsequent seminar, entitled “Practical and Cost Effective Solutions to Laboratory Chemical Wastes, part II”, which was held on October 24-25, 2012, at MetroClub, Makati.

Mr. Joel Ballesteros, PCO for UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry, and Ms. Lilia Molina, Head of the Analytical Services Laboratory at IRRI presented their respective programs and insights on chemical waste management. Rounding up the roster of speakers included Engr. Edwin Navaluna, Supervising Environmental Specialist of DENR-EMB and Dr. Veronica Migo, Head of the Central Analytical Services Laboratory of Biotech, UP Los Baños, shared the process for Hazardous Chemical Identification and the relevant laws applying to chemical waste management. Ms. Tess Cayton, former plant Manager for Bayer Crop Science and now a private Environmental Consultant, presented an overview of the best practices on chemical waste disposal as practiced at Bayer (Philippines), to comply with local regulations and national laws, in particular with respect to pesticides. And last but not certainly the least is Dr. Luerne De Sales, General Manager of All Wastes Services, Inc. (formerly Inchem) who presented how chemical wastes are treated in their facilities and Mr. Mark Castillo, an Applications Specialist of Merck Millipore, provided a review of innovations in chemical waste management.

The seminar was concluded with a workshop that involved practice exercises developed by Dr. Fabian Dayrit, on how to identify, estimate and classify chemical wastes based on procedures from laboratory exercises and analytical methods. There were 118 participants representing the government, academe, and industry sectors who were able to acquire valuable information and skills. Many were inspired to start and improve on their lab waste management in their own workplace. With the success of this seminar series,  ICP plans to bring the seminar to the provincial regions in the near future.  (Mutya Samonte)


Basic GHS Training conducted in Ateneo de Davao

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) conducted a one-day Basic Training Program on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) last October 27, 2012, at the Ateneo de Davao University.

This Basic GHS course was conducted by Ms. Teresita B. Corpuz and Ms. Marila Palisoc as trainers and was attended by 65 participants mainly from the Mindanao area from academe, government, industry, and chemical transport sectors.

The objectives of the Basic GHS course are: to provide background on how and why the GHS was developed, to discuss the purposes, objectives and benefits of the GHS, to present the scope and application of the GHS and its basic elements, and to understand the GHS in relation to other international agreements and standards.

The GHS training program is being undertaken by the ICP through funds provided by the the Board of Investment (BOI) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The BOI is the focal point of the the country’s project called: “National Strategic Plan to Implement GHS”, which is funded by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Through this project, the ICP is tasked to assist the BOI in the conduct of GHS awareness seminars and workshops and to strengthen the involvement of stakeholders, such as industry, public interest and labor organizations.

The GHS is a new internationally-agreed tool for chemical hazard communication, incorporating harmonized chemical hazard classification criteria and provisions for standardized labels and safety data sheets.

GHS seminars and workshops will enable the concerned chemistry community to be able to understand how to classify the hazards of chemical substances and mixtures and be able to properly label them.

The seminars and workshops include Basic and Advance GHS Training. The ICP shall be conducting an Advanced GHS Training on November 27 to 29, 2013, at the Makati Palace Hotel. Interested parties may check the ICP website for further information.

Photos: Oath-taking and Induction of New Chemists

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), in cooperation with the Board of Chemistry, will conduct the Oath Taking for Chemists together with the distribution of PRC Certificates of Registration and Professional ID Cards to those who passed the September 2012 Chemistry Licensure Examination. The Top Ten examinees and Most Outstanding Schools will also be recognized by the Board of Chemistry.


Two Ateneans Bag National Awards

RA Ranola

Dr. Regina C. So and Dr. Nina Rosario L. Rojas both associate professors from the Chemistry Department at the University received a special award. Dr. Regina C. So, received an Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) award given by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
Dr. So’s contribution in the field of Organic chemistry is by designing and rapid synthesis of biologically important unique sphinganine-containing glycosphingolipid analogs used in elucidating the relationship between structure of glycosphingolipids and the type of immune response they generate.

While Dr. Nina Rosario L. Rojas received an Outstanding Scientific Paper Award for the paper entitled “A Partial Expressed Sequence Tag (EST) Library of the economically important red alga Eucheuma denticulatum (N.L. Burham) F.C. Collins and Hervey” which she co-authored with Paulina S. Aspilla, Anna Angela Camille B. Anto-nio and Giuseppe C. Zuccarello. The paper was published in the Philippines Science Letters in 2010.

“Chem-Back,” UST Chemistry Department Celebrates 80 Years

Carlos P. Garcia

A walk around the campus, reminiscing and creating new memories at the same time, permeates in that crisp Saturday afternoon last January. The College of Science, in the grand old Main building of University of Santo Tomas, opened its doors to welcome back its sons and daughters to celebrate the Chemistry Department’s 80th Anniversary. It was a delightful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates of the Chemistry program during the 80 years since the initiation of the Department of Chemistry’s graduate program. Graduate and undergraduate alumni, current students, and past and current faculty have been invited to the event to share their experiences and their current activities. It was in 1931 since the four-year B.S. in Chemistry program was introduced to respond to the country’s need for more technical experts for which a government recognition was obtained in June 1934 and in July 1961, a B.S. in Industrial Technology was offered.

A short-lived three-year course for chemical technicians was introduced in 1974, and then the five-year curriculum in the mid 1970’s was reorganized and condensed to a four-year program. Dr. Jose I. Del Rosario (AB Ateneo, 1901; MA Chemistry- University of Chicago, 1908; Phar.D.–UST, 1905) headed the department in the post war era when the field of chemistry was undergoing important evolution both in teaching and research. He steered the department towards receiving a citation from the Bureau of Education, as one of the most equipped and competitive departments in the country. The Department is a thriving center for teaching and research at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Its long tradition in excellence made it department in the University to be recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Excellence (COE) in 1997.

A choice of activities started in the morning with 25th reunion of Class ’86 and a campus tour of the other returning alumni. The afternoon program opens with a solemn mass concelebrated by former rector Rev. Fr. Norberto M. Castillo, O.P. (main celebrant) with former Regents Fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P. and Fr. Florencio Testera, O.P. A dinner reception on is followed by a recognition banquet. “We are excited about the return of our many distinguished alumni to help us celebrate this important milestone in the department’s history,” said Department of Chemistry Chair Dr. Bernard Tongol.

Part of the evening program includes the unveiling of the Periodic Table Fundraiser. The fundraising idea was conceived from a series of alumni reunions in the United States from the period 200809, attended chemistry alumni, covering the Class 1963 to 1995. A proposal to provide scholarship funds to Chemistry students and help the Chemistry department through a foundation evolve. The Periodic Table Fundraiser was suggested by Maria Erlinda Co-Sarno (Class 1966/1967) after the reunion. Planning on this endeavor
immediately began in consultation with the Thomasian Chemistry Alumni Association (TCAA) and some key persons from the US-based Thomasian chemistry alumni cluster. Current UST College of Science Dean, Prof. Maribel Nonato remarked, “I know you are also returning to the university carrying the dreams of our financially challenged chemistry students with the formal launching of the noble project “Elements for a Cause: Periodic Table Fundraiser”. A project that will affirm indeed that there is chemistry amongst our alumni and they are strongly bonded! I commend all the people who have worked hard to get this project into shape. We at the administration of the College of Science believe that your initiatives will serve as seed for other alumni to act now and assist the Science students.”

Moving ahead with the experiences of the past 80 years, the Department long-time commitment to develop professionalsthat will occupy positions in the academe, industry, and government and
non-government organizations continues. Four alumni were honored with the following citations;
Ramon Aguillon Llenado, Ph. D.(Class 1967): is recognized for his significant contributions in Analytical Chemistry and their applications in industry, particularly, in the chemistry of detergents,
surfactants, modified silicates and shampoos, as evidenced by his numerous U.S. and foreign patents, research articles, review articles, and book chapters; for the honors and awards granted him by the American Chemical Society, U. S. White House, Soap and Detergent Association, and Chemical Specialties Association; and mostly, for having the highest corporate achievement among Thomasian chemistry alumni in the U.S.A., having risen to the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of S.C. Johnson Professional Inc.

Hon. Lucila Peñaflor Payumo (Class 1960): In recognition of her outstanding achievements as Municipal Mayor of Dinalupihan, Bataan, from 1986 to 1995, where she made significant contributions to the national economic recovery program, the restoration of peace and order not only in Dinalupihan, but Bataan in general, thus, meriting recognition from the AFP, and awards as Outstanding Municipal Administrator in 1987, Outstanding Municipal Mayor in 1989, and subsequently, gaining the respect and admiration of other mayors in Bataan by electing her President of the Bataan Mayors’ League.

Maria Erlinda Co Sarno, Esq. (Class 1967): In recognition of her significant contributions in the field of human plasma fractionation, which earned for her patents and technical achievement awards; her genuine commitment to the cause of entrepreneurs in California, as evidenced by her inspiring leadership in the Advisory Council for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship, thus, enabling the state government to formulate policies leading to an increase in number of small businesses as well as their unqualified success, and earning for her the recognition as Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year 2005, given by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian Business Association of Orange County, and the Director Emeritus by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County.

Frederick Aman Villamena, Ph.D. (Class 1990): Presently connected with the Ohio State University, is honored in recognition of his significant contributions in the chemistry of free radicals in biological systems, and in particular, his pioneering research in the field of spin trapping for radical detection and therapeutics, having published in various outstanding chemistry journals, authored book chapters, review articles and patents in the field of free radicals.

The tradition of excellence in instruction, research and student activities continue to permeate in theDepartment’s vision of “performance excellence” which looks ahead confidently to the next
eighty years, recognizing thatlearning from its distinguished past serves as the foundation for an outstanding future. 

50th PACT National Convention

More than 200 delegates from 11 regions joined the
three-day Golden Jubilee edition of the PACT National
Convention that started on October 27, 2011. It was an ex-
traordinary celebration as it also coincided with the host Uni-
versity of Santo Tomas’ Quadricentennial Anniversary and
UNESCO’s International Year of Chemistry. Workshops and
lectures covering a wide range of conventional and non-con-
ventional topics were all well-attended and participated in;
matched by UST’s well-equipped facilities. Celebrity musi-
cian Noel Cabangon made a special guest appearance to
show support for chemistry educators by rendering them in-
spirational songs he originally composed. Raffle prizes were
also given to quite a number of delegates, courtesy of gen-
erous sponsors. The event was co-organized by the UST
Chemistry Department and the College of Science.
The themed for this year national convention was “Strength-
ening Bonds, Catalyzing Change: From the Chemistry
Classroom Promoting Public Understanding of Chemistry”

27th Philippine Chemistry Congress

You are cordially invited to the 2012 Asia-Pacific Conference
on Analytical Science (APCAS) and the 3rd Regional Elec-
trochemistry Meeting of South-East Asia (REMSEA) which
will be held jointly with the 27th Philippine Chemistry Con-
The Philippine Chemistry Congress (PCC) is the annual
conference of chemists in the Philippines. First held in 1984,
the PCC has since served as one of the biggest agglomera-
tions of chemists and researchers from academe, industry
and other sectors, where new knowledge in chemistry and
allied fields are brought to the forefront.
The APCAS provides a platform to showcase recent devel-
opments in research and innovation in the field of analyti-
cal science in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, REMSEA
brings together chemists and researchers specializing in the
field of electrochemistry.
The joint conference aims to forge and strengthen region-
al cooperation and collaboration among chemists and re-
searchers in Asia and the Pacific. It is organized by the
Division of Analytical Science (DAS) of the Kapisanang
Kimika ng Pilipinas (Chemical Society of the Philip-
pines) in cooperation with the Philippine Federation of
Chemistry Societies (PFCS).
The joint conference will be held from 11 to 13 April 2012
at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City,
Metro Manila, Philippines.

31 January 2012 Last Day for the submission of abstracts
1 March 2012 Notification of acceptance of paper
7 March 2012 Last day of early registration discount
15 March 2012 Deadline for registration fee payment by presenting author

For more details visit the website:

Materials Science Program: Advanced Nanomaterials, Sensor and Energy Research (ANSER)

Institute of Chemistry, UP Diliman
The ANSER program outlines the multi- and interdisciplinary activities aimed at enhancing and advancing national scien tific and engineering expertise on polymers, crystalline and nanostructured materials, as applied to sensor and analytical methods, advanced energy and engineering materials.

There are currently five projects under the ANSER program funded by DOST-PCAS-TRD .This program was developed and directed by IC-UPD, the lead institution, in close collaboration with UPD’s sister university – the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Houston (UH), USA. The project proponents are Florian R. del Mundo, Rigoberto C. Advincula, Arnold Guloy. Susan D. Arco, Florentino Sumera, Portia Sabido and Gerry Nuesca. This program was benchmarked from the R&D in advanced polymers and nanomaterias in the US.

Potential and specific outcomes:
-New polymer and hybrid nanomaterials with high specificity and sensitivity for sensor applications.
-Polymers from Philippine coconut oil that can compete economically with conventional fossil-based polymers.
-Training of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D students with world-class skills and knowledge who will emerge as future leaders in the areas of advanced polymers and nanomaterials.
-ISI publications of research findings and intellectual property portfolio development.

ISO 17025 Accredited Analytical Services Laboratory and DENR Accredited Chemical Waste Management System

Institute of Chemistry, UP Diliman
IC established a quality system in its Instrument Room and ana-
lytical services laboratory which gained an ISO 17025 accredita-
tion in 2009. In addition to this IC have established and maintains a
DENR accredited functional chemical waste management system.

IC continues to maintain and upgrade a state of the art, well-
equipped Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory that is able to
support teaching, research and extension services through the
help of various research funding agencies and the university.
Benchmarked from the ISO 17025/DENR.

For more inquiries, please contact either Florian R. del Mundo, Li-
libeth dlc Coo or Irene Rodriguez. 

PACT now Fifty

As part of the year – long celebration of its 50th anniversary,
“Gold! Bounty, Economy, Ecology” was the theme of the
seminar-workshop conducted by the Philippine Association of
Chemistry Teachers, Inc., during this year’s Chemistry Week. More
than 60 chemistry teachers attended this event last 19 February
2011 at the FUSE Learning Center for Teachers, Pearl of the Orient
Bldg., Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila.
Engr. Edwin Domingo, Overall Director FAPSO, DENR who enti-
tled his talk “Where is the Gold?” and Engr. Gabriel Pamintuan, Se-
nior Lecturer, Department of Engineering, UP Diliman who talked
on “Protecting the Ecology” were the speakers in the morning ses-
sion. In the afternoon, faculty members from the Centro Escolar
University and the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, facilitated the
workshop “Laboratory Activities on Metals” involving gold.

The PACT President, Dr. Myrna Rodriguez of UPLB and the Chair
of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Emmanuel V. Garcia of DLSU
led the association in this endeavor. 