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Mercury Elimination

Newly-issued DOH policy banning dental amalgam draws cheers amid the coronavirus crisis

(Quezon City) A new policy promulgated by the Department of Health (DOH) phasing out dental amalgam, a tooth filling material containing approximately 50% mercury, has received roars of approval from advocacy groups within and outside the Philippines.

Mercury Country Situation Reports (2018)

Robust public and political support for national policies on mercury is a prerequisite for widespread ratification and effective implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. NGOs are essential actors that can effectively raise public and governmental awareness and create an environment in which ratifying and implementing the Mercury Treaty becomes an imperative.

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A new film starring Johnny Depp, "Minamata", directed by Andrew Levitas, tells the story of the legendary photo-journalist Eugene Smith and his wife Aileen Mioko Smith whose LIFE Magazine photos and book Minamata brought global attention to the devastating impacts of mercury pollution and exposed the corporate malfeasance of the Chisso Corporation that knowingly poured mercury-contaminated wastewater into Minamata Bay for decades. The film is an important opportunity to hold polluters accountable and to move global policy to more effectively curb mercury pollution.

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