A press conference was held to announce the approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9516 pursuant to sec 4c to 4f.
"Implementing Rules and Regulations of Controlled Chemicals IRR on RA 9516 is Finally Approved"
The group announces the approval of the IRR after it was finally signed by Secretary Mel Sarmiento of DILG on June 9, 2016. This was made possible with the collective effort of DILG, PNP, DTI, EDC, BOI, BOC, PDEA, DDB, FPA, FDA, DOST and the members of the academe, Ateneo de Manila and UP, among others, which were organized last year to craft the said IRR. This provides rules and regulations pursuant to Section 4c to 4f of PD 1866 as amended by RA9516.
This defined the list of high-risk and low –risk controlled chemicals which will be subjected for regulation by the PNP as well as the streamlined process to be followed in securing licenses and permits for manufacturers, dealers and purchasers of controlled chemicals. This will also pave the way for the eventual review of fees and the full automation of the system. This will mean minimal requirements, and shorter processing time. Since the enactment of RA9516 in 2008, all chemicals which can be used for explosives were plainly classified as explosive and explosive ingredients, however, with the new IRR, clear-cut guidelines were set.