performance deficits in tests of cognitive and motor function.
The Philippine Government through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) passed the DENR Administrative Order No. 97-38 otherwise known as “Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Mercury and Mercury Compounds” under the Republic Act 6969 otherwise known as “Toxic Substances, Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act”. This CCO mandated the DENR-EMB to control mercury use and dispersion of mercury into the environment to avoid risks, reduce hazards to health and the environment from the use, handling, management and transport even in the disposal and subsequent release and exposure of mercury. Identification of Priority Chemical List is under Section 19, Chapter IV of DAO 29 and promulgated in the DENR Administrative Order 98-58, wherein mercury and mercury compounds are listed as one of the highly toxic chemicals which are subject to the general requirements of the CCO. Under this law, this Office was able to control and monitor the entry of mercury and mercury compounds in the country.
UNEP Governing Council Decisions 23/9 and 24/3 call for work to be facilitated on the promotion and development of inventories of mercury uses and releases. A key training and guidance document that supports countries efforts to take action on mercury is the ‘Toolkit for identification and quantification of mercury releases’. The Toolkit pilot was finalized in November 2005. This project was able to provide this Office a start in identifying and quantifying mercury use and release while pilot testing the methodologies outlined within the toolkit through the Asian Mercury Inventory Pilot Project. And with these, an associated action plan was devised to deal with the eventual phase out of mercury in the country.
This activity will be beneficial for the Government of the Philippines in strengthening its institutional framework for directing and overseeing the reduction and eventual phase-out of mercury use and importation in certain applications as well as identify possible ways of dealing with any adverse impacts of mercury pollution.
To implement this, a National Task Force will be formed in order to further facilitate the program and aid in the development and implementation of the detailed associated action plan for mercury, and strategies to control emissions.
The National Task Force for mercury will be formed to develop, prepare and submit the following:
Detailed Mercury Action Plan
Strategies to control mercury emissions
III. Scope of Work
The DENR-EMB, through the Chemical Management Section of the Environmental Quality Division (EQD) do not have recent budget for this project, but will seek funding for the task force.