Mar 17, 2010
In today’s world, product safety and quality must include being environmentally friendly. This was the assertion of RI Chem President Meneleo J. Carlos, Jr. during his opening remarks last March 5 at the Green Pinoy Expo organized by the Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation (PPSQF) in SM Megamall.

“Today, the meaning of safety and quality in the light of global warming and climate change extends to the carbon footprint generated in the manufacture and use of the products . . . Safety and quality of products must also be concerned with the sustainable supply of these products and services,” said Mr. Carlos, who is also PPSQF Chairman.

He pointed out that the expo aimed to add environmental measures into the consideration of consumers when buying products. “The bottom line . . . is that we must guide them in their product choices, through the application of PS (Philippine Standard) and ICC (Import Commodity Clearance) marks or stickers for safe and quality products, and in addition, DTI must now promote the Eco-Label as a direct recommendation of products that are environmentally friendly.”

Mr. Carlos noted that, with reference to assessing products and the materials they use, a number of terms have become popular, such as “sustainable development,” “minimize, regenerate, reuse, recycle” and “renewable resources.” He said that sustainable development means that “we should practice conservation that will enable the future generations to continue enjoying the fruits of our Planet Earth.”

Earlier, Mr. Carlos and Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya of the DTI Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation Group(CWTRG), United Pulp and Paper Company President and CEO Montri Mahaplerkpong and Lourdes Quezon of the National Federation of Women’s Club cut the ceremonial ribbon launching the expo, whose name “Green Pinoy,” MJC explained, was taken from the key words of two campaigns: the “Buy Pinoy, Buy Local” campaign of PPSQF to counter the invasion of local markets by substandard and smuggled goods, and the Eco-Labelling Program or Green Campaign of DTI to mitigate global warming.

“This is how we can all minimize the destructive forces of future Ondoys and Pepengs here and in other countries as well,” Mr. Carlos stressed. “Climate change is truly a global phenomenon and will affect us all.”