Date Posted April 30, 2015
January 25, 2015
The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) approved Friday, 23 January, a resolution banning Technical Grade Endosulfan and its related alpha and beta isomers and formulations. The FPA Board of Directors convened on Friday to finalize deliberations after evidence continue to surface that Endosulfan is hazardous to the environment, with potential health and environmental risks when used.
“We shall continue to uphold the mandate of the FPA, which is to oversee resolutions that will protect the public from the inherent risks of using pesticides,” said Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, who also heads the FPA Board. “This is only the continuation of ensuring that our farmers are using quality formulations without risking their health, well-being, and the environment.”
Since 2004, the Philippines has been a Party to the Stockholm Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants where, in a 2011 amendment, listed Endosulfan as an organic pollutant on course for global elimination in subsequent years. This ban completes the Philippine Commitment as a party of the said treaty.
Endosulfan has already been restricted from being used in rice paddies and for the concentration to be reduced to 5% or lower for other uses in the country in 1993. The FPA and its Board had, for thirteen years (1995-2008), annually evaluated and approved any such use of the said pesticide.
With this recently approved ban, Endosulfan cannot now “be brought into and used in the country under any circumstances.”