CARING-Gold project aims to end child labor and improve working conditions in small-scale mining

BAN Toxics, together with the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor (DOLE), called for an end to child labor in the Philippines. These groups launched three major initiatives to combat child labor in the country during the event “Makiisa para sa #1MBatangMalaya” (One with […]

A vibrant memory: life in mining drawn in vivid color

As the holidays come to a close and the bright green, red, white and gold of Christmas slowly fade from the foreground of our lives, I have taken the time to reflect on a similar range of colors that has largely been ignored and has always stayed in the background of public consciousness. I experienced […]

BAN Toxics and ILO to launch project to stop child labor in mining

6 January 2017, Quezon City, Philippines—BAN Toxics joins different government agencies and civil society organizations in launching programs to combat child labor in the Philippines. The event Makiisa Para Sa 1 Milyong batang Malaya (One with the children to end child labor) will introduce three major initiatives against child labor on January 12, 2017. This […]

BAN Toxics held regional workshop on approaching chemicals from human rights perspective

5 December 2016, Quezon City, Philippines—Representatives from government, civil society and the academe from nine Asian countries gathered in the Philippines to discuss the innate relationship between chemicals pollution and human rights during a workshop entitled “Mainstreaming the Rights-based Approach to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes in the Asian Region.” The poor management […]

BAN Toxics to hold regional meeting on human rights and chemicals

3 December 2016, Quezon City, Philippines—BAN Toxics, with support from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), is organizing a workshop entitled Mainstreaming the Rights-based Approach to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes in the Asia Pacific Region from 5-7 December 2016, in Quezon City, Philippines. This meeting marks the first time that experts and […]

Green groups ask new administration for action on waste management issues

27 September 2016, Quezon City—BAN Toxics joined other green groups in urging President Rodrigo Duterte to wage a “War on Waste.” During a press conference, the groups called for the government to pursue the establishment of policies that protect the environment from wastes and pollutants thereby ensuring the good health and quality of life of […]

Nationwide coalition for artisanal and small-scale mining call on Pres Duterte for support

Quezon City, 12 July 2016 – The newly established Philippine National Coalition for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining, together with environment NGO BAN Toxics, today called on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez to hear out the concerns of, and support, the often neglected artisanal and small-scale mining […]

Coalition formed to campaign for urgent phase-out of dental amalgam

Quezon City, 05 July 2016—The campaign for mercury-free dentistry in the Philippines gained ground today as a broad coalition of dental and health professionals, environment workers and social justice advocates joined to call for the urgent phase-out of mercury-laden dental amalgam. Emphasizing safety and environment concerns, the group, led by BAN Toxics and International Association […]

Responsible, mercury-free gold from the Philippines may soon be in the international market—BAN Toxics

Davao City, 25 April 2016—Responsible, mercury-free gold from the Philippines may soon be available in the international market—potentially changing the lives of around 500,000 Filipino artisanal and small scale gold miners who mostly work in risky and exploitative situations, by helping them lead healthier lives, gain better income and practice safer livelihoods.

Asia may be the biggest stumbling block to Minamata Treaty commitments

Asia is emerging as a possible huge stumbling block to realizing mercury reduction efforts mandated by the Minamata Convention, environmental groups revealed today on the eve of a UN mercury treaty meeting in Jordan.