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(f) Preventing mercury releases into the environment through the management of obsolete and waste pesticides and chemicals containing mercury;

(g) Promoting legal commitments among producers of mercury containing products to take responsibility for adequate waste treatment and final disposal of their products;

(h) Creating and enforcing legal commitments among producers, merchants, or distributors of mercury containing products to take responsibility for adequate waste treatment and final disposal of their products, also known as extended producer responsibility (EPR);

(i)  Making it mandatory for manufacturers, merchants or distributors to properly label their products, if it contains mercury.

National initiatives to control releases and limiting use and exposures

Types of control measures that can be implemented in the Philippines include:

a)

Environmental quality standards, specifying a maximum acceptable mercury concentration for different media such as drinking water, surface waters, air and soil and for foodstuffs such as fish;

b)

Environmental source actions and regulations that control mercury releases into the environment, including emission limits on air and water point sources and promoting use of best available technologies and waste treatment and disposal restrictions;

c)

Product control actions and regulations, including prohibiting or limiting, in cases where no mercury alternatives are available, for mercury-containing products, such as batteries, cosmetics, dental amalgams, electrical switches, laboratory chemicals, lighting, paints/pigments, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, thermometers and measuring equipment;

d)

Development of a nationwide mercury phase-out date in line with technological and societal needs.

e)

Other standards, actions and programmes, such as regulations on exposures to mercury in the workplace, requirements for information and reporting on use and releases of mercury in industry, fish consumption advisories and consumer safety measures.

f)

The use of subsidies to support substitution efforts and voluntary agreements with industry or users of mercury.

g)

Establishing a regulation requiring producers or importers of mercury containing products to take responsibility for adequate waste treatment and final disposal of their products or observe extended producer responsibility (EPR).

h)

Establishment of a regulation creating a pollution transfer registry where communities and affected individuals have quick and immediate access.

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