Endosulfan Poisoning in Kasargod, Kerala, India

Kerala, the southern state of India in the West Coast is known as “God’s Own Country” and Kasargod, the northern district of this state has a village called “Swarga” which literally means paradise. The Plantation Corporation of Kerala started using pesticides in mid-seventies and the helicopter that came circling the villages with showers of pesticideContinue reading “Endosulfan Poisoning in Kasargod, Kerala, India”

Endosulfan Ban in the Philippines and Hoechst’s Lawsuit

Dr. Romeo Quijano’s account of the defamation suit filed against him in 1993 by multinational firm Hoechst (now Bayer) regarding remarks that endosulfan (now a banned pesticide) causes cancer In 1990, endosulfan was noticed to have become the most frequent cause of death among pesticide related poisoning cases in the Philippines. It’s manufacturer Hoechst (nowContinue reading “Endosulfan Ban in the Philippines and Hoechst’s Lawsuit”

Harassment and Lawsuit: Banana Plantation vs. Dr. Quijano

A report on impact of pesticide use by Lapanday Agricultural Development Corporation (LADECO) on a nearby village, Kamukhaan, Digos, Davao del Sur was first made public in the article “Poisoned Lives,” published in the Philippine Post last March 6, 2000. This earned its authors, Dr. Romeo Quijano, and his daughter, Ilang-Ilang, as well as theContinue reading “Harassment and Lawsuit: Banana Plantation vs. Dr. Quijano”

Pesticides Quick Response Surveillance Team (A Technical Module)

Written by Dr. Romeo Quijano, published by PAN Asia Pacific (2008) Pesticide Quick Response and Surveillance Team is primarily as a grassroots approach to monitoring pesticide poisoning. In a community based set-up, there is a need for a group trained to respond to reports of adverse events related to pesticides within a reasonable period ofContinue reading “Pesticides Quick Response Surveillance Team (A Technical Module)”

Kamukhaan: A Poisoned Village

Studies on the impact of pesticide use by Lapanday Agricultural Development Corporation (LADECO) on a nearby village, Kamukhaan, Digos, Davao del Sur, started in 1997 when Pesticide Action Network Philippines was approached by a local organization seeking for help. A series of fact-finding missions led by a local multi-sectoral organization (Citizens Alliance Unified for SectoralContinue reading “Kamukhaan: A Poisoned Village”

Community-Based Pesticide Action Monitoring

Community-Based Pesticide Action Monitoring (CPAM) is a Participatory Action Research approach to document and create awareness of pesticide impacts on human health and the environment. It involves community members who undertake the research, and encourages organising and action. CPAM involves recording of the impacts of pesticide use on health and raising awareness of the hazardsContinue reading “Community-Based Pesticide Action Monitoring”

Karanasan noong Martial Law at iba pang salaysay

Talumpati ni Dr. Romeo F. Quijano sa SMU Highschool “Alumni Homecoming” noong ika-30 ng Disyembre, 2016 Mapagpalayang araw po sa ating lahat! Makasaysayan po ang araw na ito sapagka’t sa araw ding ito, ika-30 ng Disyembre, 1896, ay nagbuwis ng buhay si Gat Jose Rizal para sa Bayan. Nawa’y tuluyan nang makamit ng sambayanan angContinue reading “Karanasan noong Martial Law at iba pang salaysay”

Elements of the Precautionary Principle

Elements of the Precautionary Principle Published in “Precaution, Environmental Science, and Preventive Public Policy,” edited by Joel Tickner (Island Press, 2003) The main objective of a scientific exercise to determine the potential threats of harm from chemicals is to protect health and the environment. Yet this fundamental objective is often forgotten or ignored in theContinue reading “Elements of the Precautionary Principle”

Health and The Environment: The Intimate Connection

(Towards Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)Romeo F. Quijano, M.D.ProfessorDepartment of Pharmacology and ToxicologyCollege of Medicine, Univ. of the Phils. Manila Discussions about sustainable agriculture, food security and “green economy” unavoidablylead to issues on environment and health. However, there is hardly a reasonable level ofunderstanding of health as it relates to the environment. There is aContinue reading “Health and The Environment: The Intimate Connection”