Philippines to undertake concrete actions to phase out mercury-added products

Philippines to undertake concrete actions to phase out mercury-added products

The National Action Plan (NAP) for the phase-out of Mercury-Added Products (MAPs) and the management of the associated mercury-containing wastes was adopted by the Philippines with the support of the government of Switzerland and UNIDO in an effort to protect public health and the environment from the adverse impacts of mercury pollution.

The NAP was developed by the government with UNIDO's support under the project on promoting ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Philippines supported by the Swiss Government. In this sense, the NAP has been the product of a collaborative process between DENR, DOH, DTI, DILG, FPA, FDA, DOST, DOLE-OSHC, BOC,DOE and Ecowaste Coalition providing a detailed 5-year full implementation document of the activities and actions that the government is planning to take to address the environmentally sound management of mercury-containing products with a life-cycle approach in accordance with the Minamata and Basel Conventions.

This Plan was formally turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) represented by Director Lourdes Wagan of DENR- Foreign Assisted and Special Project Service in a ceremony held in Mandaluyong City in June 2019.

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