Government urged to address chemical pollution


Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) – May 3, 2021 – 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines — Environmental watchdogs EcoWaste Coalition and Oceana Philippines have urged the government and other sectors to address the problem on chemical pollution.

The groups said the problem has caused the country’s fish production to dwindle.

“As a fishing-dependent and archipelagic nation, it is important to prevent and control chemical and waste pollution as this makes the ocean sick and incapable of meeting the huge demand for fish,” EcoWaste national coordinator Aileen Lucero said.

The EcoWaste and Oceana issued a joint statement in time for the observance of the “Month of the Ocean” this May as provided under Presidential Proclamation 57.

The groups cited a report titled “Aquatic Pollutants in Oceans and Fisheries” published by the International Pollutants Elimination and the National Toxics Network in Australia.

The report detailed how chemical pollutants compromise the reproduction, development and immune system of aquatic and marine organisms.

“Decision-makers from all branches of government including the judiciary must have the political will to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all,” Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Estenzo-Ramos said.

The report warned that the adverse impact of chemical pollution on the marine ecosystem is likely to get worse in the coming years due to climate change.

The EcoWaste and Oceana admitted that addressing chemical pollution requires concerted effort and a policy shift not only in government agencies but also in the business sector.



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