President Benigno Aquino III recently signed  Republic Act  No. 10657 otherwise known as the “Chemistry Profession Act”.  The law aims to modernize and regulate the practice of chemistry profession in the country.

AGHAM President Angelo B. Palmones  commended President Aquino for enacting the bill which will greatly contribute in addressing the country’s  concern  towards public safety and environment protection.  As the representative of the science and technology sector,   AGHAM filed similar bill during the 15th Congress.

“The passing of the Chemistry Profession Act will be a big boost to the country’s goal for global competitiveness,  particularly under the ASEAN integration scheme,”  Palmones said.

Palmones  mentioned that one of the features of the law is the creation of the Professional Regulatory Board of Chemistry which will be under the administration control and supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.   The Board shall be composed of a Chairperson and two members  who  shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines from a list of three  recommendees  for each position from a list of five nominees for each position submitted by the accredited professional organization of chemists.

No chemist  and  chemistry technician can practice the chemistry profession  without passing the required licensure examination.  Anyone or any chemical laboratory engaged in the practice of chemistry found violating the guidelines for the practice of the profession shall be penalized with imprisonment for not less than one year but not more than one year or a fine of not less  than  P100,000.00 but not more than P1,000,000.00 or both at the discretion of the Court..

“The passage of the Chemistry Profession Law is a strong policy support to our aspirations  for  the advancement  of  science and technology in the country,”  Palmones added.

  AGHAM or Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamayan is a non-government organization pushing  for the development of science and technology and strengthened application of research and development outputs in various economic sectors of the country. (PSciJourn/Vicky B. Bartilet) (Thru Estrella Z. Gallardo)