Thursday, February 14, 2019

Watch out for kissable but poisonous lips

QUEZON CITY--Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a toxic chemical tracker has revealed that some lipsticks are laden with hazardous substances way above permissible trace amounts.

The EcoWaste Coalition cautioned lipstick lovers against putting on lip color from adulterated and misbranded lipsticks that can expose them to lead and other chemical poisons that are harmful to human health.

The group gave a word of warning about poison lipsticks after screening 115 samples, representing 11 brands, for heavy metal contaminants using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analytical device.

The group bought the samples for P10 to P50 each from cosmetic vendors in Baclaran, Cubao, Divisoria and Quiapo on February 5, 7 and 8. None of the samples are notified or registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Out of 115 samples, 61 (53 percent) were found to contain lead concentrations above the 20 parts per million (ppm) limit under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD). Of the 61 lead-laden samples, 41 contained lead above 1,000 ppm, with levels ranging from 1,026 to 44,800 ppm.

“The levels of lead in these lipsticks are way beyond the permissible limit and, without a shred of doubt, a serious safety concern. Teen girls and adult women should avoid these poison lipsticks as lead, a cumulative toxicant, can build up in the body over time with frequent application of such lipsticks. There is no safe level of lead exposure,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

Aside from lead, some samples also screened positive for mercury (32 samples), arsenic (53 samples), and cadmium (10 samples) in excess of the ACD’s trace amount limits for these heavy metals (1 ppm for mercury, and 5 ppm for both arsenic and cadmium).

According to toxicologist Dr. Erle Castillo of the Medical Center Manila and the Philippine Society of Clinical and Occupational Toxicology (PSCOT): “The human body has no use for these toxic metals, which are harmful even at low levels of exposure and can cause a host of health problems, including damage to the brain and the central nervous system, hormonal changes and menstrual irregularities, infertility in both women and men, birth defects, as well as cancer.”

Avoiding poison lipsticks and other cosmetics laden with hazardous substances will also protect the environment from being contaminated with chemicals that are washed down the drain, which can harm fish and other marine organisms, the EcoWaste Coalition pointed out.

Samples of Qianxiu lipstick and imitation MAC lipstick topped the list of products with dangerously high concentrations of lead, and some of which were among those submitted by the EcoWaste Coalition to the FDA last September 2018 for product verification and appropriate regulatory action

Topping the list of lipsticks per variant with the highest levels of lead contaminant include:

1. Qianxiu Hello Kitty #01 (pink canister), 44,800 ppm
2. MAC Mariah Carey #02 (brown canister), 38,900 ppm
3. Qianxiu Hello Kitty #10 (black canister), 28,700 ppm
4. MAC Mariah Carey #06 (red canister), 12,600 ppm
5. Qianxiu Unicorn #10, 11,900 ppm
6. MAC Zacposen Rudy Woo #12, 9,571 ppm
7. MAC Charm Red Lips Rudy Woo #12, 8,788 ppm
8. Qianxiu Fashion #01, 6,013 ppm
9. Baby Lips Perfect Match, 3,187 ppm
10. Monaliza Series #10, 1,808 ppm

As these adulterated and misbranded lipsticks are imported, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the government to strengthen border controls to prevent the entry of such cosmetics.

“We also think that national and local government agencies should conduct nonstop law enforcement activities, including on-the-spot confiscation of contraband items and preventive closure of erring business establishments, to rid the market of toxic cosmetics,” Dizon said.

There may be a need for the next Congress to enact a Special Law on Counterfeit Cosmetics imposing heavy fines and penalties that will make it unprofitable for manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers to engage in such business, he added.

PHOTO | Free wheelchairs

SM City Naga Mall Manager Jeannette De Vera gladly receives five brand new wheelchairs from Rotary Club of Naga President Marie Ann Delloro on a simple turn over last January 22 at the mall’s event center. Such wheelchairs are intended for PWD customers for their mobility and accessibility in the mall.

PhilHealth covers confinements due to measles

PASIG CITY -- Amidst recent declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and other parts of the county by the Department of Health, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) guaranteed the public that confinements due to measles are compensable.

PhilHealth coverage for measles ranges from P7,700 to P25,700, with uncomplicated cases being paid at P7,700 while pneumonia in measles at P15,000. Confinements due to measles complicated by meningitis, however, are compensated at P25,700.

The state health insurer declared that even non-members can also avail themselves of PhilHealth benefits when needing confinement due to complications of measles.

“Patients with no active PhilHealth coverage can avail of our benefits thru the Point of Service (POS) program where they are instantly afforded with health insurance. If found to be financially incapable by the hospitals’ social worker, the Government will pay for premiums of a one-year PhilHealth coverage effective at the time of their availment,” PhilHealth Acting President and CEO, Dr. Roy B. Ferrer explained.

For the financially capable, patients will be allowed to pay at least a year’s worth of contributions for them to enjoy the benefits, the PhilHealth Chief said, adding that the POS can be availed of only at any PhilHealth accredited government-owned health care provider institution.

Meanwhile, PhilHealth said that Indigent, Sponsored, Kasambahay, Senior Citizens and Lifetime members and their qualified dependents are also entitled to the “No Balance Billing Policy” which guarantees zero out-of-pocket on the part of the member when confined at the ward of any government facility.

Parents of unvaccinated children, on the other hand, are urged to bring their children at any government hospital or health center to avail of free measles vaccines. “Vaccine is still the first line of defense. We encourage our members to have their children vaccinated against measles. However, when already confined, we assure our members and even non-members that PhilHealth is here to provide them with the financial protection they need,” Ferrer said. (PhilHealth)

EDITORIAL | A victory in Bikolnon education

Bicolanos ought to rejoice with Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges-Nabua poised to be the newest university in the Bicol region.

This institution, which has not only produced many topnotchers, but also consistently performs well in licensure examinations, will definitely soar higher as a university, honing the minds of Bicolano learners.

Credit must be given where it is due, and for this, the efforts of Camarines Sur 5th District Representative SalvioFortuno must be recognized and lauded.

Fortuno, the son of parents who are educators, and who is also married to a teacher, understands well the importance of education in our region.

On various occasions, he repeatedly underscores that education provides the young members of society, particularly those who are less privileged, great opportunities to change their lives and the lives of those around them.

His lofty achievements, not only in education but also in governance did not blind him towards working only for personal advancement; rather, it inspired him to help others enjoy the same opportunities he gained because of his educational attainments.

Unlike many politicians who clandestinely want their constituents to remain ignorant so they will be easy to dupe, Fortuno worked towards enriching the minds of Bicolanos, allowing them to be critical and creative thinkers, and thus, more productive members of society.

Bicolanos thus owe a lot to Fortuno, who never stopped working for a university to be established in the Rinconada area, even during his last term as Congressman.

We hope other politicians will follow in his steps in his love for education and public service.

We hope more people, like Fortuno, would realize the vital and unique role of a university in a region that continues to lag in development, but not in talent or intellect.

Baldo can return as Daraga mayor after posting bail--DILG

LEGAZPI CITY -- Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo can return to his office after posting a PHP3-million cash bail for his temporary liberty, a ranking official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 5 (Bicol) said Wednesday.

In an interview, DILG-5 Director Anthony Nuyda said under the Local Government Code, Baldo could be reinstated as Daraga town mayor after he submits to the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) an official communication citing his intention to return to his post.

Baldo is also required by the Local Government Code to furnish the SB a copy of the court order granting his motion to post bail, the order giving him temporary liberty after posting bail, and other documents asked by the court.

Nuyda said aside from seeking permission from the SB for him to be reinstated, the mayor would also submit for the record his re-assumption of post document to all his department heads.

He added that the moment Baldo is released, “it is automatic, he should issue a memorandum and notify the SB that he is back and submit all proof and documents that the temporary incapacity has been lifted because of his temporary detention.”

“The best proof would be the documents of the court decision granting him temporary liberty after posting bail,” Nuyda said.

As for the DILG, he said Baldo “has to furnish us with the copy that he issued to the SB.”

Nuyda said the only hindrance to his return as mayor would be a formal communication from the SB and other officials opposing Baldo’s reinstatement.

“That is where we come in to settle the conflict,” he added.

The Regional Trial Court Branch 10 here, presided by Judge Maria Theresa San Juan-Loquillano, on Tuesday allowed Baldo to post bail for his temporary liberty.

The court order also issued the following conditions: that he would appear in court whenever required; report weekly before the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office or the office of the Police Regional Office 5 director, refrain from talking about the case in his campaign sorties or with media; and to immediately turn himself in once a criminal case is filed against him in court without need for the court to summon him or issue a warrant for his arrest.

The court said any violation of these conditions would result in the automatic cancellation by the court of his bail and the corresponding warrant of arrest would be issued against him.

Baldo is facing double murder and six counts of frustrated homicide for being tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort, SPO4 Orlando Diaz, in a Christmas gift-giving event in Barangay Burgos, Daraga Albay on Dec. 22, 2018

He is also charged with illegal possession of firearms, explosives, and ammunition after these were found in his residence last January. 

Baldo was arrested and placed under the custody of CIDG 5.

While in detention, he suffered asthma and hypertension and was confined for treatment at a hospital.

On the insistence of the police that Baldo’s health was already normal, he was then released by the hospital last week and transferred to the Legazpi police’s detention facility. (By Mar Serrano, PNA)

Rawitdawit sa aldaw nin mga puso

Mga burak sa hardin sa Guinaban, Ocampo, Camarines Sur

Maogmang aldaw nin mga Puso,Tama na an pait asin pagmundo
Dae mauri sa may kakupo-kupo,
Maabot man an saimong katagbo

Kun nalilipot, magkape sundo mapaso,
Kun hanap burak, dakol kang mapupudo
Kun gutom, dakol pagkakan na maisu'su,
Kun napapaha, dakol arak na masasakdo

Rumabas ka, sundo ika na sana maghabo,
Lingaon an sadiri, dae ka mamayungko
Dae parahilinga, itong mabiriglang liko,
Diretso sana, ta baad ka pa makatangko

-- Rabas sa Bicol


Monday, February 11, 2019

P5.4-M cocaine recovered in Cam Norte

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) – Fishermen recovered a package containing cocaine with a street value of 5,438.807.00 floating in the waters of Vinzons town Sunday morning.

Police Senior Supt. Godfredo K. Tulo-o, Provincial Director of the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office told the media earlier today that fishermen spotted the package near Quinamanucan Island, Barangay Sula.

Tulo-o said the fishermen brought the package to the barangay, where the package was unwrapped with the assistance of Barangay Chief Tanod Alex Samosa.

Said package contained a white powder, which was sent to the Provincial Crime Laboratory, where it was confirmed to be cocaine.

The illegal drugs weighed 1026.19 grams, the police said.

As of press time, there is no information yet on where the cocaine came from.

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