The reduction of the risk to human health and contamination of the environment due to the releases from anthropogenic use of mercury and mercury compounds.
In line with UNEP’s Mercury Programme, the Philippine government is committed to fulfilling its goal and will take appropriate actions to identify and reduce anthropogenic mercury releases to the environment and general public.
This will require concerted efforts among government and public sectors such as industries, importers, educators, NGOs, among others in terms of coordination and cooperation of activities. This will have serious socioeconomic implications that should have corresponding commitment from all concerned. It is recognized that it is not necessary to have as much scientific and economic evidence to apply control measures as the precautionary principle should prevail in the decisions to reduce mercury emissions. This effort should be cautious that the removal or reduction of releases in one media should not significantly affect the other media by way of transfer or contamination.
Source reduction and recycling will be preferred than emission controls as mercury pollution can be better reduced in this approach. But emission controls should be improved in sources where technically and financially feasible.
Proposed Implementation Strategy
The following table provides a listing of strategies and action plan for the Philippines with the implementing agencies and timeframe. This should be revised as necessary. Annex 1 is additional reference materials for further consideration.
Action Item 1: Establish a national mercury task force
Constitute the national task force on mercury with representatives from various sectors
Appoint the Technical Working Group members as advisers to the Task Force. Alternatively, they can be absorbed as part of the Task Force.
Conduct a national workshop to develop a Terms of Reference for the Task Force and to review the draft Associated Mercury Action Plan
Submit for approval and funding the membership of the Task Force and its TOR
Prepare a detailed Mercury Action Plan
Action Item 2: Institute mercury emissions reductions
Develop a strategy mix of source reduction, waste segregation and emission controls and disseminate it widely