The Philippines: Safe and responsible use of chrysotile asbestos from policy and legislative framework

Asbestos-containing materials have been used in the Philippines over the past 60 years; however, the statistics faces numerous difficulties because there is no reliable data source. A draft law was compiled by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1995, listing the asbestos as one of the chemicals subject to the strict management to prevent, as much as possible, its damage to the human and environment.

After 5 years, the Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Asbestos was approved in 2000, marking a new milestone in awareness of asbestos hazard in the Philippines. In order for this law to be put into the fact of the life, the relevant parties’ representatives are nominated to involve in consultation and advice-giving: government, asbestos industry, scientists and other representatives.

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