Welcome to POPsPhilippines
Popsphilippines is the country's website envisioned to establish a network for communication exchange to address the huge information gap on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Currently, the website is hosting the online database for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Online databases for other POPs will be included in the future.
The online PCB database facilitates inventory tracking as well as inventory updating of PCB and PCB-containing equipment in the country. Ultimately, the online database will reinforce the implementation of DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-01 - Chemical Order for PCB - by tracking the status/condition of PCB-containing equipment and PCB wastes in the country.
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of DENR initiated the development of this website and the online PCB database through the support of WorldBank and the Canadian International Development Agency (WB-CIDA).
The Philippines is a Party to the Stockholm Convention on POPs. As such, the country is obligated to implement measures that will facilitate the reduction or elimination of POPs in the country. The creation of POPsPhilippines is one of the Philippine Government's first steps towards reaching its commitments to the Convention.
Other commitments of the country to the Convention include:
Designing programs to remove barriers to the effective implementation of POPs phase out and release reduction measures under the Convention
Planning programs for information exchange, public education, communication and awareness raising
Enhancing capacity through capability building as required, including institutional strengthening, training, equipment, legal and regulatory measures, enforcement, monitoring, etc.
Designing programs to identify the need for any country-specific exemptions and, if necessary, prepare a report to the Convention justifying this need
Outlining the needs for transfer of technology and know-how and/or enhanced use and development of indigenous knowledge and alternatives and the estimated costs of needed investments