Baguio City bans sale of ‘harmful’ wet wipes brands

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2020   •   3142

MANILA, Philippines – The city government of Baguio has banned the sale of wet wipes and other similar products containing harmful ingredients in all local establishments.

This was after the city council approved on third and final reading an ordinance penned by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, and signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong on January 28.

The brands of wet wipes covered by the ban are the following: Dong Bang, Dong Bang Yao Baby Tender, Family Treasure Baby Tender, Sky Fire Baby Tender, Giggley Baby Wipes, and Super Soft Skin Care Wet Towel.

In a Facebook post, the city council said the enumerated brands of wet wipes and other similar products were allegedly found to contain harmful chemical compounds such as methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MIT), and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC).

The city council said that during the public consultation in November 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) recommended the prohibition of the said products.

The ordinance also cited the environmental group, EcoWaste Coalition’s warning on the presence of harmful chemical compounds in wet wipes which may trigger skin allergies and may cause contact dermatitis.

“Some of these baby wipes/products were found to be sold at the city’s grocery stores, black market, supermarkets, and convenience stores; and the continued sale of these products supposedly for hygiene is disturbing,” the ordinance read.

Pursuant to the local policy, the City Health Services Office (CHSO), in coordination with the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) and the barangay officials, is authorized to conduct inspection in establishments and confiscate the prohibited products followed by an inventory on the confiscated items identifying the name of the establishment, its location, the type and number of the confiscated items, and the mode of disposal conducted.

Violators will be fined with P1, 000.00 for the first offense (immediate closure of business for those without business permits); P3, 000.00 for the second offense (closure of business for those without business permits until compliance); and P5, 000.00 and non-renewal of business permit for the third offense.

Individuals or business establishments that will surrender banned products will not be penalized, the city council said.

Baguio City, nasa 2nd wave ng infection; pagpapatupad ng checkpoint at lockdown, mas hihigpitan – Magalong

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2020

Magpapatupad ng mas mahigpit na checkpoint at border control ang Baguio City government kasunod ng pagtaas ng kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa lungsod, ayon kay Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Naniniwala si Magalong na nasa ikalawang bugso na ng COVID-19 infections ang lungsod kasunod ng mga ulat ng panibagong kaso.

Aniya, lumobo ang kaso matapos dumagsa ang mga tao sa mga mall, palengke at iba pang pampublikong lugar sa siyudad at pag-uwi ng maraming locally-stranded individuals kasunod ng pagluluwag sa antas ng quarantine.

“We’re now experiencing the second wave yah were now on the second wave nag-flatten na tayo eh,” ani Magalong.

Upang mapigilan ang muling pagdami ng COVID-19 infections sa lungsod, sinabi ng alkalde na ilalagay sa lockdown ang buong lungsod tuwing araw ng linggo.

Mas hihigpitan rin ang pagbabantay sa mga checkpoint upang masegurong nasusunod ang ipinaiiral na health protocols.

Inatasan na rin ni Magalong ang mga ospital sa lungsod na maghanda sa posibleng muling pagdami ng mga pasyenteng magpapa-konsulta.

“This is a result of opening up the economy so we just have to innovate, continue innovation, very aggressive sa contact tracing and then sa testing,” sabi ng alkalde na nagsisilbi rin bilang national contact tracing czar sa gitna ng pandemiya.

“I issued an executive order requiring barangay officials be more vigilant, and the encourage flu-like symptoms to report to the barangay so that they can be PCR-tested,” dagdag pa niya.

Noong Hulyo 27, pumalo na sa 98 ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa lungsod; dalawa sa mga ito ang nasawi, 51 ang gumaling habang nasa 45 naman ang kasalukuyan pang naka-confine sa medical facilities. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Grace Doctolero)

Baguio, Cebu City mayors appeal for reclassification of cities’ quarantine status

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2020

The mayors of Baguio City and Cebu City have appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to reclassify their respective cities’ community quarantine status.

“Considering that Baguio is relatively successful in implementing COVID-19 response and management measures within our borders, we are inclined to seek a reconsideration of our classification before the IATF Screening and Validation Committee,” according to the appeal of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Magalong has appealed to the IATF-MEID to place Baguio City under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) instead of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The IATF-MEID, under IATF Resolution No. 40, recommended that Baguio City be placed under GCQ until June 15.

Magalong noted that Baguio City was able to successfully control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through their mass testing, and implementation of health and safety protocols.

Baguio City has recorded 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 29 of them have already recovered.

“With the steps we have already taken, the innovations we seek to accomplish, and the disciplined character of the Cordilleran people, you are assured that the City of Baguio will be exemplary in the implementation of MGCQ regulations,” the appeal reads.

Meanwhile, Cebu Mayor Edgar Labella also filed an appeal to place the city under GCQ instead of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). The IATF-MEID recommended for Cebu City to be placed under MECQ.

“Our case fatality rate remains at 1% while our recovery rate is already at 22% and we are seeing a downtrend on our COVID19 cases. I really hope that IATF will grant our request,” Labella said.

“It is but a logical step for the city government to transition into General Community Quarantine but with the corollary discretion to place under segmental and sequential lockdown critical areas,” according to Labella’s appeal.

The IATF-MEID has given local government officials to submit their appeal until Friday (May 28).AAC

Baguio frontliner recovers from COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2020

Doctors, nurses, and other staff at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) erupted in cheers as a frontliner was discharged after recovering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The victory is even sweeter when they have to celebrate the recovery of a colleague, a fellow frontliner, a friend.

Jonover David, 33 years old, is among the frontliners who had to face the same virus they are fighting against.

“Ito iyong graduation na hindi ako nag-aral, pero ito iyong graduation na iniyakan ko talaga (This is the graduation I did not study for, but this is the graduation that brought me to tears),” he said.

Jonover is a CCU nurse at BGHMC and has been caring for people in the frontlines. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted on April 15. He said his personal battle against the virus was not easy, but he was glad to have faced it with his colleagues.

“Hindi ko na-feel na pinandirihan ako. Hindi nila pinaramdam sa akin na kailangan akong i-blame. Bagkus ay inalagaan pa nila ako, (I never felt discriminated. They did not make me feel that I was to blame, instead they took care of me),” he said.

For Jonovan, the battle for him is not yet over. Once he is given the clearance, he would gladly return to the frontlines. AAC

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