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Beyond The Rolling Hills

Beyond The Rolling Hills

Just got back from Malandag, Sarangani Province in Mindanao. We took a land trip to Davao City and the flight back to Manila was horrible. We have to go through a three to four hour delay due to bad weather. Davao City was on halt due to flooding. Upland in Sarangani, flooding is not an issue but the lack of forest cover is sure less protection from  a heavy down pour down  hill.

Clear cut land is a usual site in my travels and it has been common in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  Land has not been properly utilized to maximize its benefits. People in power and  the mass and hordes of proverty stricken people have brazenly utilized land towards degradation without foreseeing the possible tragedies that may lie ahead. Regardless of periodic and seasonal tragedies that were already experienced, not much has changed. Population grows grows grows and land is used brazenly, may be this is what we really want small steps towards our total destruction or we just make ourselves blind because not knowing is not hurting.

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November 1, 2013 · 1:38 pm

Hot Oil Treatment

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I think I just got duped from buying argan oil online.  The product was obviously a fake because it was not absorbed by OCM cleansed skin the first time I tried it. God bless OCM!  It seems the product I bought was mixed with sunflower oil as carrier oil because doing the same with my  current HHN sunflower oil on hand, the effect was essentially the same, the rate of absorption was the same, the HHN sunflower oil was even absorbed faster when I swatched it together.  I should have known better but it was really difficult to detect if it was bought online, what a waste of money. I was even planning to make it as a gift. It is true, you can not get good, authentic argan oil at such an incredibly low price.

Beware of Diluted Argan Oil-Best Quality Argan Oil is Organic and Cold Pressed.

Talking about oils, I just got back from San Francisco, Agusan del Norte this morning via Butuan. My last encounter with that town was my first EIA assignment for Jollibee Foods Corporation in 2008 when I prepared the Initial Environmental Examination of Jollibee San Francisco.  I haven’t had the time to visit that store located at the town proper similar to what I did with  Jollibee Buhangin Davao, I do feel a bit awkward dropping by and saying hi or hello to the  store managers and checking their current environmental compliance status and asking for difficulties communicating with the corporate office. That was my job five years ago, my job right now is for an ISO audit.

From Butuan City, we went straight ahead to one of the only Palm Oil Plantations here in the Philippines.  Inside it was a Palm Oil Refinery and the palm olein we use in our kitchen is heat processed.  I just read about cosmetic grade oils and food grade oils that we are supposed to eat. Heat processing kills microorganisms that might affect the food supply but it also reduces the cosmetic efficacy of most oils we use.  Palm oil may be good at deep frying food stuff but it is highly not recommended as oil for OCM.

Though I was duped for buying argan oil online, I am now one of the people who swear by the fact that OCM did work for me after a month. One or two pimple broke out in my nose and my sideburns but generally my skin had somewhat improved.  My OCM mixture is not exact. I transferred the castor oil in a 100 ml pump bottle, I would make two small pumps of castor oil and two pumps of HHN sunflower cleansing oil which was more generous in amount and use it as my cleanser every evening.  After the steaming and wiping with a hot washcloth I still use my TFS E’thym Moisture Lotion as moisturizer.   I am still stuck with my conventional moisturizer, I am currently testing rosehip oil and argan oil in place of it but I was duped from buying online.

This is actually not a beauty blog, I am not a beauty blogger who test products and make reviews but at this point I am trying to make this post light and selfie…it seems I am onto acronyms. OCM for Oil Cleansing Method, HHN for Human Heart Nature and TFS for the The Face Shop all related to beauty and skincare.

I want to mention something about RSPO or the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.   RSPO is a council of palm oil producing countries, companies and stakeholders based in Malaysia to ensure that palm oil that is sold in the market did not cause forest degradation, habitat loss or caused suffering to local communities. The organization is currently being attacked for its failure to prevent farmers or growers in Sumatra to convert more land into palm oil plantations and eventually caused another Southeast Asian Haze.

If there is a global RSPO organization, there is a CARP here in the Philippines or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.  Many lands are idle in Mindanao, not forest lands but alienable and disposable lands with certificate of titles that are unproductive.  Can a smallholder palm plantation work for these types of land?   http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/323541/news/regions/tanker-loaded-with-palm-oil-runs-aground-off-palawan We’ve got a big demand for food grade palm oil based on the importation and smuggling that is currently happening.

Another acronym is PDAF or Priority Development Assessment Fund which is the hottest of all the acronyms  I mentioned…to note this is not a political blog.  Oils are either heat processed or cold pressed.

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A greenwash encounter… how should I put this?

How should I put this?

Do I have any sense of pride for being once associated in the fast food industry? Maybe yes, maybe no, maybe its too early to tell.  But what I can remember is that I worked really hard in the engineering department not in the sales and marketing department or did anything for corporate image building.  I was just a lowly specialist striving for environmental compliance in a somewhat challenging industry.

Blogging about what  got me started me into blogging is quite timely at the moment, with the cyber crime law  making the headlines.  Though some may not be totally affected, I do feel that blogging will present to me some criminal risks. Do I need to have a good lawyer since I have risked setting up a blog?

Well, I am not bad mouthing any fast food chain, what I am implying is that there is such a standard called ISO 14020 which presents guidelines  for organizations to produce environmental claims related to their product. At this point in time, we really do not know if the Life Cycle Environmental Impact of paper packaging truly has less environmental impact than plastic packaging. Honestly we really don’t know. It is a big no no to claim something that is fully surrounded by uncertainty.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in paper packaging manufacturing facility in Mindanao and our technical specialist mentioned about the eco-labeling program of the Philippines. the “Green Choice” which is virtually underfunded and struggling with its day to day operations, yet corporate entities can freely express their environmental claim without validation.

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Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs

Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs.

Greenpeace calls for more stringent checks on GMOs

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MANILA, Philippines — Environmental group Greenpeace Philippines has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to be more stringent in checking the entry into the country of imported foodstuff that contain genetically modified organisms.

Greenpeace aired the appeal as the Supreme Court granted its petition for a writ of kalikasan stopping field trials of Bt eggplant in the Philippines.

“Greenpeace believes the granting of the writ of kalikasan to be a recognition of the threats that GMOs pose to human health and the environment. We welcome this as a positive development. GMOs and GMO field trials clearly violate every Filipino’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology, and their invasion into our fields and our diets must be stopped,” said Daniel Ocampo, sustainable agriculture campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Greenpeace said the DA had been lax in approving GMO foods, giving the green light to a total of 67 GMOs for importation, consumption and propagation since 2001, without rejecting a single application.

“The Supreme Court has given hope to Filipinos as its decision now puts into spotlight the country’s flawed GMO approval system, which has never rejected any GMO application, allowing dangerous GMO crops to be planted and eaten by Filipinos. This is an outrage and such a regulatory system that clearly disregards the public good must be scrapped,” he said.

Greenpeace urged the DA to inform the public of GMO foods that enter the country, saying the long-term health effects of these crops and products on the public’s health and on the environment had yet to be fully known.

On April 26, Greenpeace, along with other groups, petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of kalikasan and writ of continuing mandamus against GMO field trials.

The petition sought to stop immediately the field trials on the Bt eggplant, which the group said had led to signs of toxicity in the livers and kidneys of test rats.

A writ of kalikasan is a remedy available to a person or group whose constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology is violated or threatened by an unlawful act of a public official, private individual or entity and affects a big number of people.

A writ of continuing mandamus, on the other hand, is issued by a court in an environmental case directing an agency of the government to perform an act decreed by final judgment until the judgment is fully satisfied. It is filed by the aggrieved party.

“We hope this writ of kalikasan will compel the DA and GMO regulators to review their agenda independent of pressures and the influence of multinational corporations. We are also calling on the people to be more vigilant in protecting our food and on the government to be accountable for regulations that go against protecting our health and the environment,” Ocampo said.

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A Thing for Bananas

A Thing for Bananas

Have you ever wondered where your banana came from? The Philippines is one of the major producers of bananas in the world. A banana will always be a banana, but there is Cavendish, saba, latundan, lakatan and my favorite senorita.

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April 12, 2012 · 1:15 pm

In Benguet, climate change clouds strawberry fest

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

In Benguet, climate change clouds strawberry fest.

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