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“Release US $15 B for climate change now”


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today… (T)he Lord will strike you with…  scorching heat and drought… The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23, the Holy Bible).


DRUG FIRMS, PRODUCTS, MUST HAVE BARCODES BY 2015: Starting June 2015, no drug or pharmaceutical product can be sold anywhere in the Philippines unless the companies that manufactured or produced them, as well as the companies that marketed, traded, or sold them, have been issued barcodes or any other electronic identification mark. The drug or pharmaceutical product themselves must have barcodes. 

This requirement is contained in a circular issued by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health, which is known as FDA Circular 2014-011, signed by FDA Director Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go. The circular is dated April 29, 2014, and is made effective one year after its publication.             A press release issued by the FDA said it is imposing this new regulation to ensure “traceability and safety of globally-traded health and medical products… Through this system, we will be able to ensure the right medicine is administered on patients.  Expired drugs being found in the market will become a thing of the past...”


MAYNILAD BUILDS SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT: Water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) has begun the construction of its P1 billion Pasay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Barangay Malibay, Pasay City, which is designed to treat up to 46,600 cubic meters of wastewater per day. The Pasay STP can serve up to 254,000 people in the cities of Pasay and Makati. Once operational, it will help clear the Maricaban Creek that leads to the Manila Bay.             Partly funded by Maynilad’s World Bank loan, the Pasay STP will use the “Activated Sludge Process (ASP)”—a technology used worldwide for wastewater treatment. But Maynilad used a more compact process for the ASP’s primary treatment to reduce space requirement since the STP was built on a small area.             “We are driven to look for innovative ways to ensure the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater in our concession area. Our commitment is such that we have allotted the largest portion of this year’s capital expenditure budget to wastewater management for programs aimed to protect the health and sanitation of our customers and the environment,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.


RELEASE US $15 B NOW FOR CLIMATE FUND, RICH COUNTRIES TOLD: Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, co-chair of the United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF), is seeking the immediate release of some US $15 billion by developed countries to the GCF from out of the US$100 billion pledged to it, at the Fund’s June 30-July 1, 2014  “First Contributors’ Meeting” in Oslo, Norway.             Pressing for immediate action on the urgent climate change problem, Salceda said “there is no longer any choice: we must pay now, or pay more later if we delay action.”             Salceda sits as co-chair of the GCF Board as representative of Southeast Asia and developing countries (124 nations), the people from which are the most frequent victims of the ill effects of climate change, mainly because they are poor and vulnerable.


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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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