The Board of Investments (BOI), the investments promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), joined the Philippine National Police (PNP) in presenting the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on controlled chemicals to stakeholders in a bid to gather insights and improve the IRR.
The IRR is for Republic Act 9516, which lists chemicals to be controlled for safety purposes, as well as indicating procedures on regulating, transferring, and handling such chemicals.
In a statement, the BOI said PNP officials led by Elmer Soria, the police director of the PNP Civil Security Group, presented the latest IRR draft on Wednesday to stakeholders composed of industry players such as chemical manufacturers, chambers and associations, as well as government regulators.
The presentation also paved the way for stakeholder consultations that will enhance the IRR. The stakeholder attendees are given only until today, April 8, to submit their final inputs through position papers addressed to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), with a copy furnished to the BOI as the secretariat of the technical working group (TWG) assigned to craft the IRR.
The IRR is expected to be finalized on April 12, and effective on May 7.
The latest IRR draft was put together by the main TWG consisting of DTI and DILG officials and three sub-TWG working on three categories—the categorization of chemicals, streamlining of processes, and accreditation of logistics providers and company-owned trucks and service vehicles on controlled chemicals.
DTI Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba said after the meeting on Wednesday, “Our meeting this morning is very crucial in terms of gathering insights and suggestions to enable us to further improve the IRR. With open and candid discussions, I am hoping we take into account the need to balance national security and industry development in improving the system.”
“Chemicals are basic inputs in the operations of the manufacturing sector and therefore it is important to have [regulatory]operations up and running smoothly as this would easily translate into improvement of other sectors within the manufacturing industry,” she added.
According to the mandate of Presidential Decree 1866 as amended by RA 9516, there are 41 substances that the PNP will regulate. The decree mandates that companies should secure permits first with the PNP before transporting and handling these substances.