The City Government of Baguio approved the ordinance prohibiting the sale of wet wipes and other similar baby products with harmful ingredients in the City of Baguio. The ordinance was authored by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan and was signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong last January 28, 2020.
6 Wet Wipes that are Banned
The brands that are prohibited to be sold in Baguio City are:
- Dong Bang
- Dong Bang Yao Baby Tender
- Family Treasure Baby Tender
- Sky Fire Baby Tender
- Giggley Baby Wipes
- Super Soft Skin Care Towel
It was cited in the ordinance that some of these baby wipes are sold at the city’s grocery stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores.
Harmful Chemicals Found
According to EcoWaste Coalition findings, these prohibited products listed above allegedly contain harmful chemical compounds that may trigger skin allergies and may cause contact dermatitis which are iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC), methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI), methylisothiazolinone (MIT) and parabens and are therefore not safe for use.
Business establishments and individuals that will violate the newly approved ordinance will be penalized with the following fines:
FIRST OFFENSE: Php 1000.00 and immediate closure for establishments without business permits
SECOND OFFENSE: Php 3,000.00 and closure until compliance
THIRD OFFENSE: Php 5,000.00 and non-renewal of business permit
There will be no penalty for individuals or business establishments that will surrender any of the banned wet wipes brands and similar products that contain the aforementioned ingredients.
The City Health Services Office (CHSO) together with the Public Order and Safety Division (POSD) and Barangay Officials are authorized to do the following
- Conduct inspection in establishments
- Confiscate the prohibited products followed by:
- Inventory on the confiscated items
- Identifying the Name of the establishment
- Identify the Location of the Establishment
- Type and Number of Confiscated Items
- Mode of Disposal Conducted
To identify environmental-friendly modes of disposal of confiscated products, CHSO will be also working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO).