FPA-CAR impounds 117.2 liters of unregistered agricultural pesticides from 2018 to 2021
Written by Rowena Bilig, Provincial Officer in Baguio and Benguet l Published: 16 December 2021
December 16, 2021 | Benguet - The Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority - Cordillera Administrative Region (FPA-CAR) impounded 117.2 liters of unregistered pesticides from four unlicensed dealers on separate clean-up drive operations in La Trinidad, Benguet from 2018 to 2021.
As per the Pesticide Regulatory Policies and Implementing Guidelines or the Greenbook of the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA), unregistered pesticides are banned products and must be disposed properly in high temperature combustion facility.
Dealers of these pesticides were filled with court cases in 2018 to 2021 for violating Sections 8 and 9 of the P.D. 1144 concerning the licensing of the handlers and registering of fertilizer and pesticide inputs, respectively.
Such action resulted into payment of penalties by the three unlicensed dealers. On the other hand, one case was dismissed due to lack of probable cause, but given with notice of violation by the La Trinidad Municipal Licensing Unit.
The impounding of the unregistered agricultural pesticides was conducted through close coordination with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- Benguet of the Philippine National Police.
FPA-CAR Regional Officer, Rogelio B. Tanguid expressed that the regulation of fertilizer and pesticide products aims to protect the human health and environment. The general public is being encouraged to support the campaign against the marketing and use of unregistered agricultural inputs.
Meanwhile, the FPA-CAR requested Croplife Philippines, Inc. to include the hauling and disposal of the impounded unregistered pesticides together with the collected empty pesticide containers in December 2021 as part of their stewardship program.