Quezon City -- The Minamata Initial Assessment Project and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) kick-started the nationwide drive on raising awareness of mercury use and its effects and the enforcement of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in the Philippines on November 27-29, 2018.
The activity exposed the characteristics, sources, uses, management and the health and environmental impacts of mercury and introduced the Minamata Convention on Mercury to the public. It also served as a template for similar but localized activities of EMB at the regional level along with local government units and other stakeholders.
Notable speakers included Engr. Teddy Monroy, consultant of UNIDO-MIA Project; Mr. Mohammad Ahmir Akram of the Department of Health; Ms. Ei Gallego and Mr. Geri Sañez of the EMB-Environmental Quality Management Division); Mr. Joel Natividad of Mines and Geosciences Bureau; Dr. Lillian Ebuen of the International Association of Oral Medicine & Toxicology - Philippines; Engr. Enrico Medina of the Solid Waste Management; and Mr. John Carlos Marfa of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Hazardous Materials. (MIA Project/ Ariane Dave Farnazo)