May 2006 World Bank awarded funding for a project entitled:
Training of Small Scale Miners and their Families in Safe Handling of Mercury During Extraction of Gold in the Philippines. Improving Access to Social Services: health services and income opportunities for Small Scale Miners and Their Families.
Further funding has been granted by Maximo T. Kalaw Institute and by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and by local governmental sources.
The project will be carried out during the period November 2006 to April 2007 by:
Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development. ( www.mtkalawinstitute.com )
Cordillera News Agency Foundation
Zamboanga del Norte Center for Social Concerns and Development
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (www.geus.dk)
The project will be carried out in Benguet area on the island of Luzon and in the Zamboanga del Norte area on the island of Mindenao.
The project will comprise three phases:
- Community awareness and training on Effects of Mercury and Cyanide Amalgamation, convened and facilitated by partner NGOs and People's organizations and the local government units.
- Teaching and training of small-scale miners and medical doctors in safe handling of mercury and in recycling techniques. Teaching and training of medical doctors and other medical personnel in diagnosing mercury poisoning.
- Formation of Community Monitoring Teams coordinated and supervised by partner NGOs and health practitioners and local government units. Information and awareness activities on the industry and its effects on people, their health, environment.