The DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau in coordination with Planet Gold Philippines conducted on July 29-30, 2021 an online training which was attended by two technical personnel of this Office, Engr’s. Wendell S. Gador and Dante A. Operario, as part of the capacity building activities of the GEF GOLD Project: “Contribution Toward the Elimination of Mercury in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) Sector From Miners to Refiners”.
The two-day webinar focuses on the National Action Plans to reduce and, where feasible, eliminate mercury use in the Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining Sector. On July 8, 2020, the Philippines ratified the Minamata Convention - the first legally binding treaty which aims to protect the environment and human health from anthropogenic emissions and releases of the toxic heavy metal mercury. As a commitment to Article 7 of the Minamata Convention, the Philippines should develop and implement a National Action Plan (NAP) that establishes measures to achieve mercury reduction targets. The NAP shall also include a public health strategy to address mercury exposures among ASGM miners and communities. Pursuant to the treaty, parties are required to submit the NAP no later than three (3) years after convention ratification.
Planet Gold Philippines in partnership with the government, the private sector and ASGM communities works to significantly improve the production practices and work environment of artisanal small-scale miners. By working to close the financial gap, supporting formalization, raising awareness, and connecting mining communities with mercury free technology and formal markets. The program aims to make the small-scale mining safer, cleaner and more profitable.