hot spots of PCBs --Gallardo
one of the “hot spots” of PCBs in the Philippines. This was
the proposal made by Dr. Susan Gallardo, professor of the
Chemical Engineering Department, during the first national
workshop on management of industrial waste Polychlorinated
Biphenyl (PCBs) in the Philippines. It was held at the International
Conference Center on January 25.
Gallardo, who is also the director of the Asian Regional Research
Program on Environmental Technology (ARRPET), offered the
suggestion to Clark Development Corporation after identifying
Wagner Aviation in Clark, Pampanga, as a contaminated site
of PCBs. The site was formerly a part of the US Military Base.
Considered as an industrial and hazardous waste, PCBs is one
of the 12 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) banned worldwide
under the Chemical Treaty signed in the Stockholm Convention
in May 2001. Exposure to large amount of PCBs can cause carcinogenic
effects and other health problems such as skin acne and rashes,
liver damage, and gastrointestinal discomfort.
During the workshop, the De La Salle University-Manila National
Research Institute on Industrial and Hazardous Wastes of ARRPET
disseminated information on the PCBs, its sources and possible
health hazards to human upon exposure or accidental intake.
It encouraged major PCB generators, registered treaters, accredited
testing laboratory personnel, and government representatives
to contribute their share in properly managing the toxic waste.
DLSU-Manila is recognized by ARRPET as one of the 18 research
institutes in Asia. It is tasked to conduct a study on PCBs
and to develop an appropriate technology for the Philippines
and other developing countries.