/ 14 January 2021

THE OFFICE of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños has initiated a campus-wide collection of chemical wastes as part of its mandate of keeping a hazard-free university.

“This is also in accordance with the Environmental Compliance Certificate  that OVCCA is maintaining with the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources since 2016,” UPLB said.

Pollution Control Officer Engineer Christian Paulo Altoveros facilitated the collection through an outsourced waste management company.

The OVCCA earlier led a webinar on the new chemical waste collection protocol, EMB’s online system and the schedule of the campus-wide collection.

Almost 100 faculty members, researchers and laboratory staff joined the webinar.

Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto Cereno emphasized the importance of proper chemical waste management.

Cereno explained that regular and proper chemical waste management will be part of the mandate of UPLB’s Environmental Stewardship Office, a unit currently in the pipeline.

He thanked Chancellor Jose Camacho, Jr. for expressing his support for the creation of the UPLB-ESO.