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Illegal cosmetics abound in market

  • Written by Mario Fetalino Jr.
  • Published in Opinion
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BEFORE buying cosmetics as gifts for Christmas, check whether or not they are approved by government authorities for public use.

This corner learned that the market is flooded with cosmetic products which did not pass the screening and evaluation process of the Bureau of Food and Drugs.
   
Imported cosmetic products from sources abroad presently abound in the local market. You can in fact find them in the sidewalks. But these are not recognized by BFAD and they pose serious risk to public health.
   
BFAD authorities earlier  admitted they don’t usually  inspect imported cosmetic products if they were already approved in their point of origin. So how do we  know if these products passed the necessary tests to prove they are safe to use? They still have to be examined by our local experts.
   
There have been complaints  about the bad effects to users of some of the said illegal cosmetic products that were purchased  from department stores or street vendors.
   
If these products are not regulated it will not only compromise public health but also adversely affect the economy because they pose threat to legitimate cosmetic products sold by tax-paying companies. If these companies suffer losses due to these illegal products, thousands will lose their jobs.
   
Meanwhile, the BFAD and other regulatory agencies of the government can help solve this problem by simply implementing existing laws.  We have enough laws to counter this dilemma.
   
All our authorities have to do is flex some muscles.

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Congratulations to my friend Atty. Joselito Blando who was elected Lord Chancellor of the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity of the University of the Philippines.
   
Husband of  Medet, the chief of staff of Rep. Winnie Castelo, Joselito was elected during the annual general assembly and election of officers of the fraternity at the Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City last December 9, 2016.
   
A senior partner at Bonifacio Global City-based law firm Batuhan Blando Concepcion & Trillana, my friend  replaced Atty. Agaton Uvero, a former deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Customs.
   
Elected as vice chancellors are prominent lawyers Eduardo Robles, regional trial court  judge Louis Acosta and Bulacan politician Ariel Arceo.
   
Also elected to the board of trustees were lawyers Servando Timbol Jr., Pedro Tanchuling, Medardo De Lemos, Jayson Jorvina, Dominador Solis, Michael Galarosa, Arveen Agunday and Ryan Oliva, along with Edgar Pajaro, Dante Liban and Jose Castigador Jr.
   
Founded in 1939, Alpha Phi Beta is regarded as one of the most prestigious fraternities in U.P., and counts among its members Senators Chiz Escudero, Sonny Alvarez and Joey Lina, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, current Supreme Court Justice Jose Perez, Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva, and Budget Secretary Ben Diokno from the public sector; and former SyCip Law managing partner Andy Gatmaitan, current PECABAR managing partner Joseph Sagandoy, port executive Deo Olvina and respected writer Nelson Navarro from the private sector.

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