KIMIKA Holds Successful Writing Workshop

By Armando M. Guidote Jr.

KIMIKA, the Journal of the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, held a three-day writing workshop last 10-12 April as part of the 2013 Philippine Chemistry Congress at the Silliman University Library’s American Studies Resource Center.

2013 KIMIKA Writing Workshop

The writing workshop was made agreeable that even the most reluctant of writers met the expectations for writing workshop. To date, there have been six completed manuscripts submitted. The Workshop was facilitated by Dr. Drexel Camacho – KIMIKA Editor-in-Chief. It began with a talk on the qualities of manuscripts accepted by Kimika given by Dr. Nina Rojas and Mr. Elliard Roswell Yanza. The participants were then assigned to different mentors for individual guidance.

2013 KIMIKA Writing Workshop Participants, and KIMIKA Editorial Board Members and other mentors

The mentors were led by the Kimika Editorial Board members: Dr. Drexel Camacho and the Field Editors: Dr. Nina Rojas (Biochemistry), Dr. Alicia Aguinaldo (Natural Products), Dr. Susan Arco (Organic Chemistry), and Dr. Josephine Castañares (Analytical Chemistry). The other mentors were Dr. Lourdes Guidote, Dr. Nestor Valera and Dr. Rene Macahig.

Workshop Participants:

  1. Lavilla, Charlie (MSU-IIT)
  2. Lagua, Faith Marie G. (De La Salle University)
  3. Labastilla, Evelyn M. (Tarlac State University)
  4. Cabugos-Flores, Annabelle (De La Salle University and DOST)
  5. Reyes, Ronald L. (Ateneo de Manila University)
  6. Ramal, Allan A. (University of San Carlos)
  7. Junio, Melanie O. (University of the Assumption)
  8. Tabunag, Jenny Syl D. (MSU-IIT)
  9. Yanza, Elliard Roswell (Ateneo de Manila University)
  10. dela Rosa, Francis M. (PTRI-DOST)
  11. Castillo, Leah (FNRI-DOST)
  12. Abrea, Anthony (PSHS-CVISC)
  13. Medrano, Irma G. (Ateneo de Naga University)
  14. Villegas, Lora Mae G. (University of San Carlos)
  15. Yachob-Saddalani, Sheeva(Western Mindanao State University)
  16. Sy, Jennifer (Pamantasan ng Lungsod na Maynila)

The workshop was made possible by support from the Commission on Higher Education and the Silliman University. Efficient assistance was given by Mr. Francis Biyok of the Silliman University Department of Chemistry.

Plans are currently being made for the 2014 Kimika Writing Workshop as part of the Philippine Chemistry Congress in Naga City, Camarines Sur.

An Overview of Philippine Chemical Laws, Regulations and Agencies

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
is pleased to invite you to attend the 2-day
Continuing Professional Education Training-Workshop on:

An Overview of Philippine Chemical Laws, Regulations and Agencies

15-16 August 2013 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PNP Multi-Purpose Center, Camp Crame, EDSA, Quezon City

Chemicals are central to our society, economy, and modern lifestyle. However, many people who deal with chemicals are unaware of the various laws that regulate access to, use, handling, and disposal of chemicals, and which government agencies have jurisdiction over them. Whether you are in industry, government or the academe, these chemical regulations affect you. 

This ICP seminar shall discuss the different laws and regulations related to chemicals. The ICP is inviting regulatory experts and government agency representatives to provide an overview of the laws and regulations that you need to know. Industry practitioners will also provide examples of best practices in regulatory compliance. The list of topics is as follows: 

Regulation Agency
IRR for Title II: The Management of Chemicals and Toxic Substances (DENR AO 29 and RA 6969) DENR-EMB
The Rules and Regulations for Implementing RA. 9711 for Household/Urban Hazardous Substances (FDA Act of 2009) FDA
Rules and Regulations for the Control and Supervision of the Importation, Sale and Possession of Chemicals Used as Ingredients in the Manufacture of Explosives and for other purposes (RA 8294, EO No. 552) PNP
Rules and Regulations in the Implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Standards when Handling Chemicals in the Workplace (PD 442) OSHC
Implementing Rules and Regulations for the Registration and Management of Dangerous Drugs and Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals (RA 9165) PDEA
Importation Regulations BOC

Workshop Fee (covers handouts, lunch and snacks):

 

Early Registration (before April 2, 2013)

Regular Registration (after April 2 or onsite)

ICP Members

PHP 800.00

PHP 1,000.00

Non-ICP Members

PHP 1,000.00

PHP 1,200.00

Registration may be made on-line through email: icp.org.ph
Or through our website: www:icp.org.ph

Please remit payment through the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Loyola Katipunan Branch.
Name of Account: Integrated Chemists of the Philippines
Current Account Number: 3081-0830-95
Please email copy of payment slip to ICP office to guarantee reservation.

Chemistry and Industry and the 2013 PACT General Assembly and Election of Board Members

The Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers, Inc. (PACT) and Miriam College invite you to a seminar on:

Chemistry and Industry

and to the

2013 PACT General Assembly and Election of Board Members

27 July 2013
Lecture Room, SMT Building, Miriam College
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Program

8:00 Registration
8:30

Invocation
Welcome Remarks

Opening Remarks
Dr. Myrna S. Rodriquez
Associate Professor in Chemistry, UPLB
PACT President (2012-2013)

8:45

Introduction of the Guest Speaker

Talk: “Chemistry and the Industry”
Speaker: Mr. Roberto Batungbacal
President, Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) and Country Manager – Philippines, Dow Chemical Pacific Limited
Open Forum

10:30

Business Meeting
Elections
President’s Report
Treasurer’s Report

Announcement of Election Results

Other Matters

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Venue is limited to 100 seats. Non-life members will be charged a fee of PHP 150 at the registration area.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Grace F. Azares
College of Education
University of Santo Tomas
gfazares@yahoo.com
+639174416252

2014 Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad

Organized by the: Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (KKP)

08 April 2014
Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Camarines Sur

For more information, please contact:

Nestor S. Valera, Ph.D.
President, KKP
nsvalera@gmail.com

Young Researcher from Ateneo de Manila University Meets 35 Nobel Laureates

  • 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from 30 June to 5 July 2013 
  • 35 laureates and more than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries 
  • Green Chemistry is a central topic

The first week of July will see 35 Nobel Laureates congregate at Lake Constance in Germany to meet the next generation of leading scientists and researchers at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. More than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries will be part of this special convention – among them Rene Angelo Macahig, a 32-year-old Assistant Professor from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, who is looking forward to the scientific exchange in Lindau: “As a young scientist and a Filipino, it will be an immensely galvanizing experience to be able to participate in the Lindau Meeting, interact with some of the brightest minds in the world and be inspired by a generation of Nobel laureates who have pushed the frontiers of science and expanded our understanding of the universe.”

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KKP–DAS Holds Training on Measurement Uncertainty

On 21 May 2013, the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas – Division of Analytical Sciences (KKP-DAS) held a two-day training course on “Measurement Uncertainty in Analytical Chemistry: A Hands-on Approach” at the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR) in Isabel, Leyte. This significant training course revisits the fundamental principles, evaluation strategies and the general prominence of measurement uncer-tainty in chemical analysis amid the changing landscape and demands of Analytical science.

Dr. Sevilla (back row, 2nd from right) and Dr. Coo (front row, 7th from right) with the seminar participants from PASAR.

The decision whether a given result indicates compliance or non-compliance with a specification, it is necessary to take into account the measurement uncertainty associated with the result. The training included hands-on experiences on the identification of sources and spread-sheet calculation of uncertainty in chemistry measurements. The training team was led by Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III of the University of Santo Tomas and Dr. Lilibeth Coo of the University of the Philippines. The seminar includes a discussion and general recommendations, followed by more detailed instructions on establishing rules for interpretation and by several examples.

Participants came from various segments within PASAR to include its laboratory managers, supervisors, analysts and technicians. Participant worked on exercises on the quantification of measurement uncertainty, using in-house chemical analysis data. Measurement uncertainty has become an important parameter for the global quality and acceptability of the results of chemical measurements.  It is used as the basis for decision on the fitness for purpose of the results of chemical analysis.  It is a requirement in the documentation of measurement data in ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratories. This training course was a sequel to the previous workshop that KKP-DAS conducted for PASAR on “Quality Measurements in the Analytical Laboratory” held last December 2012.

Participants from PASAR doing exercises on measurement uncertainty.

2013 PFCS Lifetime Achievement Award

Elma C. Llaguno, Ph.D. (1947-2012)

Dr. Elma Llaguno is best known among her students as the quintessential physical chemistry professor who demanded accuracy and elegance in computations and experiments. To her peers and to the Philippine chemistry community,  Elma is the gentle yet effective leader who bridged the interests of the older and younger generations of Philippine chemists.

Elma’s contributions to the Philippine chemistry community started immediately after her arrival from her graduate studies at the University of Illinois in 1974  as part of the “dynamic duo”  with another physical chemist, Dr. Claro T. Lllaguno. They started their careers at De La Salle University,  and later moved on to the University of the Philippines in Diliman. Elma and Claro Llaguno had fruitful teaching, research and administrative careers in both institutions.

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2013 PFCS Award for Service to the Chemistry Profession

Alumanda M. Dela Rosa, Ph.D.

Dr. Alumanda M. Dela Rosa joined the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), presently the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) in September 1968 after graduation from the College of the Holy Spirit with a B.S. in Chemistry. She rose from the ranks, starting as a Nuclear Research Assistant, a Nuclear Research Specialist, Division Chief, Career Scientist IV, and Director IV of the PNRI. Her PhD dissertation at the University of Hawaii which started her scientific career dealt with the effects of high energy radiation on the transport systems of biological membranes, one of the few studies then on the radiation effects in biomembranes.

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2013 PFCS Award for Chemistry Research

Gisela P. Concepcion, Ph.D.

As a National Science Development Board scholar from 1971-1975, Dr. Gisela P. Concepsion finished B.S.Chemistry (Cum laude) in 1975 from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) and became a licensed chemist in 1976 (second place). She obtained her M. S. Biochemistry at the University of the Philippines –Manila in 1982 and, Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 1995 receiving the Dean’s medallion as the most outstanding PhD graduate.  

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2014 PFCS Award for Chemical Industry

Philippine Alliance of Laboratory Equipment Users (PALEU)

Users of scientific laboratory instruments/equipment share the common problem of maintaining and maximally using their units. This is because of inadequate training of both instrument users and suppliers’ service technicians/engineers, high costs of instrument repair and maintenance, as well as insufficient information to compare equipment models and service performance of suppliers/dealers. 

In order to address these root causes of the problem, a group of instrument users (from chemical, biological, and medical laboratories, in the government, industry, and academia) agreed to form themselves into a SEC-registered organization.

On August 22, 1986, the Philippine Association of Laboratory Instrument Users (PALIU) was formally organized. The first set of officers included:  Atty. Fidelino A. Adriano, Aida R. Aguinaldo,. Carlito R. Barril, Elinor F. Buccat, Ruby R. Castro, Myrna I. Consolacion,  Dr. Augusto L. Lingao, Dr. Ernesto S. Luis, Dr. Antonio M. Ostrea, Manuel A. Yatco and Whitman L. Uy-Matiao. These founding members were inducted into office by the then Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Dr. Antonio V. Arizabal. In 2010, the organization was renamed the Philippine Alliance of Laboratory Equipment Users (PALEU). 

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