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Organizations:Lubang Tourism Council
IYC Interests:Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
I am a chemist by profession ( B.S. Chemistry, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 1978), teacher by vocation ( University of Santo Tomas 1980-1995), and presently a community development worker by avocation as a resident of Lubang Island in the southwestern part of Luzon.
Two years ago, my partner (who is a retired chemist from Switzerland) and I resettled in this island which is about 40kms long and 10kms wide, we built our huts on the southwestern side which faces the South China Sea. As chemists, (both of us are new to island life) we get the chance to make practical observations on nature and the environment up close.
Our part of the island and the country at large, is well-exposed to the conditions of the ocean, our coastal line is a receptacle of all kinds of trash and debris from East Asia: Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia-labelled trash are regularly carried by the sea current to our shores. This makes me worried that our water sources can be contaminated by conditions outside of the island.
This island is one of the poorest muncipalities in the country and should easily be identified as a vulnerable system in the global environmental deterioration.