Kamayan Para sa Kalikasan


Vision:  The forum for public environmental education and exchange


  1. To provide an avenue every month for GC members and allies to educate the public on current environmental issues (e.g. using local native species in forest rehabilitation) and/or their advocacies (passing the Forest Bill) and come up with needed action that may be decided on by the body.
  2. To provide an avenue for dialogue between the public and government or private sector regarding matters related to the environment.
  3. To popularize and make accessible to the greater public discussions in the Kamayan through the GC website and active media coverage.

2017 FORA:

august 18, 2017

“Update on Forest Resources Bill”  (Speaker: Mr. Chester Lobramonte, Advocacy Officer-Haribon Foundation)

JULY 21, 2017

“Jeepney Upgrading for Clean Air”  (Speakers: Ka Obet Martin, Pasang Masda; Mr. Mike Alunan and Mr. Dave Garcia of Atin ‘To.1

JUNE 16, 2017

“Building the Country from the Bottom Up”  (SpeakersMs. Gina Lopez, former DENR Secretary; Mr, Marlo Mendoza, Usec. for Operations, DENR; Ms. Bel Formanes of Climate Change Congress of the Philippines.


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may 19, 2017

“A Green Economy for a more a better jobs”  (Speakers: Ms. Mary Grace Riguer, DOLE; Mr, Mikey Abola, Office of Sen. Angara; Ms. Anabelle Vitacion and Mr. Rene Ofreneo of Dignidad ( Buhay na may Dignidad para sa lahat)



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“Just Transition Edited”

april 21, 2017

“The Beauty and Richness of Benham Rise”  (Speakers: Mr. Gregg Yan-Communications Director, Oceana; Ms. Marianne Saniano, Marine Scientist and Atty. Rocky Guzman, Legal AdviserOceana;)apr


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“2016 Benham Bank Expedition”

MARCH 17, 2017

“Leveling up products and applications from Coconut oil”  (Speaker: Mr. Rafael Diaz-Managing Director, Asian Petroleum Studies, Inc. and Biofuels Consultant, Chemrez Technologies, Inc.)


Speaker: Rafael Diaz of  Asian Petroleum Studies, Inc., and Chemrez Technologies, Inc.





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“Leveling Up Products and Application of Coconut Oil by Mr. Rafael Diaz, Mar. 17, 2017”

FEBRUARY 17, 2017

“Updates on Climate Change”  (Speaker: Mr. Rodne Galicha-Country Manager, Climate Change Reality Project Philippines)


Speaker: Rodne Galicha, Climate Change Reality Project Philippines


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“Climate Change Reality Project by Mr. Rodne Galicha, Feb. 17, 2017”

january 20, 2017

“Greens’ Engagement in the PDP Process”  (Speakers: Ms. Carygine Isaac  National Economic Development Authority and Ms. Gwen Borcena  – Greenresearch )


First speaker: Carygine Isaac, Senior Economic Devt. Specialist, NEDA


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“PDP Ch 20 Ecological Integrity by Ms. Carygine Isaac, Jan.20, 2017”


2nd Speaker: Gwen Borcena, Executive Director, Greenresearch


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“Greenresearch’s Envt. Sociological Take on the PDP by Ms. Gwen Borcena, Jan. 20, 2017”

2016 FORA:

DECEMBER 16, 2016

“Consumerism and the Environment”  (Speakers: Atty. Roel Taton-President, Consumer Union of the Philippines and Dr. Romy Quijano – Chair, Pesticide Action Network of Asia and the Pacific )


First speaker: Dr. Romeo Quijano, Pesticide Action Network of Asia and the Pacific


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“Poisons in food with herbal remedies by Dr. Romeo Quijano, Dec. 16, 2016”


2nd speaker: Atty Roel Taton, Consumer Union of the Philippines


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“Audio presentation, Atty. Roel Taton, Dec. 16, 2016”

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

“New Threat to Northern Sierra Madre”  (Speakers: Fr. Pete Montallana-Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Ms. Theresa Mundita-Lim, Director, Biodiversity Bureau Management, DENR, and Mr. Bert Peeters-Philippine Permaculture Association)


First speaker: Fr. Pete Montallana, Sierra Madre Network Alliance


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“Ilagan Divilacan Road by Fr. Pete Montallana, Nov.18, 2016”



2nd  Speaker: Theresa Mundita Lim, Biodiversity Bureau Management



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“NSMNP Road Rehab Background by Ms. Theresa Mundita Lim, Nov. 18, 2016”

3rd  Speaker: Bert Peeters, Philippine Permaculture Association




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“NSMNP  Kamayan Version by Mr. Bert Peeters, Nov. 18, 2016”

OCTOBER 21, 2016

“In the observance of International Lead Prevention Week” (Speakers: Ms. Emmanuelita Mendoza-OIC Chief, Chemical Management Section, EMB, DENR, Mr. Vergel Dyoco-Boysen, Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers and Mr. Manny Calonso– iPEN, Ecowaste )

First speaker is Emmanuelita Mendoza, from DENR.


  • Mendoza gave an orientation on DENR Administrative Order 2013-24, Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control Policies and Laws. This covers guides for importers, manufacturers, distributors, industrial users, recyclers, and waste service providers. It prohibits the presence of Lead in food, drinks, school supplies, toy packaging, fuel additives, water pipes, cosmetics, and paints.  For paints, the concentration should not go beyond 90 part per million (ppm).  Beyond 2016, this law also prohibits the presence of lead in homes, architectural and decorative coatings. By 2019 lead used for industrial uses must also follow the mandated standard of 90 ppm covering uses for automotive paints, industrial and commercial buildings and equipment.
  • Mendoza informed the audience that there are 40 chemicals being used in the country. Most multi-national companies comply with the law. She proceeded to discuss the best practices of companies.  She also enumerated bad practices occurring in storage areas and work places and their subsequent risks and effects on health. Ms. Mendoza discussed how DENR monitors products with the use of Xray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer.  DENR also holds capacity building and IEC activities for regulated communities. NGO campaigns and solidarity statements of NGOs and government agencies, memorandum circulars issued by DENR to protect vulnerable sectors, especially children, were also presented.
  • She ended by discussing the proposed action of the multi-sectoral group and the challenges they face with regard to paint products from abroad. To ensure that products are compliant to safe standards mandated by the government, she advised consumers to buy only products with the Philippine Bureau of Standards (PBS) seal. Her office hotline is 928-8892.

2nd Speaker: Vergel Dyoco, Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers         


  • Vergel Dyoco introduced his organization, the Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers. It is made up of 20 paint manufacturers, 77 raw material suppliers and other industrial partners. The association started as a social group that became dynamic in managing its ranks due to more regulations. The association came up with a write-up on Guidelines and Evaluation for Lead–safe Paints. The article also contained advisories and contact numbers to call in case of emergency.
  • The Association also gives advisories to the public. Vergel Dyoco discussed 4 lead abatement measures when lead is present in households:
  • Building component replacement – changing the part/s of a house that has lead.
  • Enclosure method – covering the part with plywood to ensure that lead remains captured.
  • Paint removal method – difficult and has health risks. Should be done by a professional. Controlled sanding and scraping is required with several other safety protocols.
  • Encapsulation – repainting over using lead-safe paints.
  • Lead content for gloss and latent paints should not go beyond 90 ppm. The required testing method is ASTM (American Standard for Methods) E13-16-12.
  • The Bureau of Philippine Standards, under the Dept. of Trade and Industry, convened the Philippine National Standards Technical Committee for paints and varnishes or TC 25. It is headed by DTI and is composed of 7 sector-representatives of society: Academe (represented by Dr. Roque of Adamson University), Architects/Consumers (Arch Mike Guerrero of United Architects of the Phils), DOST (IEDI for testing), Industry, Government – DENR, and Engineers/Professionals (Ceasar dela Cruz of Phil Chemical Engineers). They meet once a month to discuss and review the standards for paints and varnishes in the Philippines. They targeted putting standards for16 products and are 85% done. Normal production of a single standard takes about 8 months. It is the first time in the Philippines to have standards for elastomeric paints.
  • He discussed that alkaline-based metal primer, which is usually oil-based if used on metals, should also follow the DENR standard for lead which is 90 ppm. Gloss and latent paints used for gypsum boards and hardiflex also follow the same standard for lead. But with the recent movement towards Asean, they are using the ISO standards as reference.
  • Boysen 701 flat latex, as an example, has the SCS seal with a check mark, indicating lead-safe product. Below the seal is the website where consumers can log on to for more information about lead-safe products. The term lead-safe is used more often than lead-free because lead is not completely eliminated but can be maintained at a safe level. Aside from the seal, they also include in the label a warning note in big fonts that lead is harmful to children, pregnant women and workers.  A notch higher is the LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) accreditation in the construction phase, which refers to the formula of materials that will be used. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are monitored because they could affect the ozone layer and are harmful to the human respiratory system.  To be awarded the Green Building Certification, it is required that the primer used should have a VOC level below 50 gm/liter, and VOC level below 100-150 gm/liter for its topcoat. Zenith building in Makati was declared as green building because for its interior.  It used paint with VOC below 50gm/liter.
  • With laws in place all paints should be 100% lead-safe by January 2017; however, there are backyard industries that usually do not follow the standards. To ensure that products are lead-safe, patronize well-known Filipino-manufactured brands of paints.

3rd Speaker:  Manny Calonso, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) and EcoWaste  Coalition


  • Manny Calonso talked about the detrimental health effects of lead. Lead is a naturally-occurring metal. It enters the human body through ingestion, inhalation, and in some rare cases through human absorption. It has no function in the human body.  It is a contaminant. Most vulnerable are young children below 6 years old because of their hand-to-mouth behavior, and women of child-bearing age. Lead can be transferred to the fetus because it crosses the placenta through the blood. Lead attacks the brain and the central nervous system. It can also affect blood, kidneys, and skeleton systems. When it affects the brain, it lowers human intelligence, lessens attention span, and can cause hearing and visual impairment. Events are generally irreversible and lifelong.
  • Lead is everywhere. It can be in homes, schools, at work, or even in hand bags. Ecowaste uses the Xray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer gadget to screen heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, led and other hazardous substances. It is a simple instrument, that one points and shoots. It can identify as well as quantify heavy metals.
  • Calonso discussed their project, “Finding Lead.” In paints, out of 97 samples 69% contained lead above 90 ppm. Out of 140 samples, 47 contained lead above 10,000 ppm. Results of Ecowaste studies validated the findings of DENR. This initiated the move to come up with a policy that prohibits the use of leaded paints where its application is exposed to children.  Lead was found in paints used in schools for tables and armchairs.  The study was presented to DepEd Secretary Luistro and he came out with a memo requiring schools to use lead-free paints at all times. La Salle Dasmarinas included the procurement of lead-free paints in their policy.
  • EcoWaste also detected high levels of lead in paints used on playground equipment located in QC circle. In most of the playground tools, lead was above 100,000 ppm. Because of these findings, QC replaced most of the playground equipment.
  • Lead was also detected in Itex yellow watercolor paints with levels up to 58,000 ppm. This caused the banning of Itex watercolor in the market.
  • The black lining of Kiddie back-pack giveaways of McDonalds contained levels that were above the USA Lead Consumer Product Safety Act. Voluntarily, McDonalds recalled the kiddie back packs and 2 other giveaways because of the lead-content issue.
  • Lead was present in the yellow decoration of cribs, with contents between 6,900-7,900 ppm. Ecowaste brought these to the attention of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) that issued a memorandum circular.
  • Beauty products like lipsticks sold in Divisoria also contained Lead. The yellow lipstick contained lead at 16,700 plus ppm. Standard of lead in lipstick is 20 ppm. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 2 advisories not to buy unregistered lipstick products because of their lead content.
  • In the 2013 elections, Ecowaste tested campaign tarpaulins and brought the attention to COMELEC which responded with the issuance of a resolution encouraging the use of recyclable campaign materials and avoiding the use of those with harmful substances. Unfortunately the resolution was just an encouragement and not a prohibition.
  • Plastic bags contained 168– 200ppm. This might look small compared to others that run to thousands; but plastic bags are sometimes used as food packaging material. During hot temperatures, chemical from plastics could migrate to the food material. The Late Sen. Santiago filed a Plastics Bill but, unfortunately, it was not passed.
  • There are some mugs that are sold at Php20/pc. The exterior contains high concentration of lead. This could cause leaching once it is exposed to frequent washing and use. Wick of candles could also have lead. This could emit lead once the portion of the wick is burned.
  • Religious images were also tested for lead. The yellow part of St. John Paul’s garment was contaminated. Cheap jewelries could also be contaminated. Reebok had a promo giving away jewelry which was ingested by a boy who died of lead poisoning.

–   EcoWaste continues to advocate for the following:

Finding lead-laden products in the market particularly in Divisoria

  1. Pushing for lead-free alternative products that are available in the market.
  2. Advocating for policies to take out lead in products that could reach the arms and mouths of children.
  3. Improve the information published in labels of products.
  4. For everyone to uphold compliance to laws.
September 16, 2016

“All you wanted to know about solar energy home installations” (Speakers: Mr. Gerry Divino, Amatera Solar Technology and Ms. Noemi Tolentino, Optimus Energy)slide1slide2

Mr. Divino discussed technical information regarding solar energy. He discussed the solar energy experience of Germany which has lesser sun hours than the Philippines yet they rely on Solar Energy.  He also gave a short introduction on 2 types of solar systems commonly used in the Philippines, the return of investment, possible risks encountered by the panels and the advantages of using solar power.

How Solar energy system works:

The solar panel gathers light energy and converts this into electric energy through the use of inverter: Solar panel gets the light from the sun, converts this to Alternative Current (AC), since solar is a Direct Current (DC).

Sun hours per day:

In Germany, 38% of its energy comes from renewable energy. During summer months, its use of renewable energy increases to 50%. Solar system can give 5 hours of solar energy during summer months May and June. On the average, they use solar power 3 hours per day.

As a country in the tropics, the Philippines is blessed with more sun hours. The solar panel can provide 4-6 sun hours per day.

Types of solar systems:

  1. Grid-tied or On-grid system
  • Components are the following: Solar panel, inverter, circuit breaker.
  • It is plugged to an outlet & you will have solar power during the day.
  • It is connected to Meralco. It does not use a battery.
  • Solar energy is available only in the morning with an average of 3 to 5 hours per day.
  • It cannot be used in the evening and does not run during blackouts.
  • Return of investment (ROI) is faster.
  1. Off-grid system
  • Components are the following: Solar panel, charge controller, battery and inverter.
  • You store solar energy into a battery during the day which can be used at night time.
  • Return of investment takes 10-15 years
  • Batteries will have to be replaced every 2-3 years.
  • Protection circuit makes it a little complicated. During the day, sun charges the battery which can run lights or refrigerators during the evening.


Noemi Tolentino introduced Optimus, a company that provides solar systems. They have installed in schools (Foundation University in Dumaguete), residential areas (Ayala Alabang), and some commercial establishments (Sea Oil). She also discussed the concept of net metering and the qualifications needed to avail of it: installation only for less than 100 kilowatt; client should be in good financial standing and has good payment record. Ms. Tolentino advised that in buying solar panels look for Tier 1 which indicates that the panel has passed quality tests by accredited institutions and the TUV sign that signifies that the solar panel is safe and has a 10-yr warranty and 25 years guarantee (it can function for 25 years). Best choice of solar panel is the poly-crystalline panel.

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