Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones (seated, 5th from left) joins members of the Philippine Minamata Initial Assessment (MIA) Projectteam for a photo ops following the presentation of the MIA reportheld recently at EastwoodRichmonde Hotel in Quezon City. The MIA report is a requirement of the Minamata Convention to prepare the country establish its baseline report in preparation for the ratification of the mercury agreement by the Senate. In the same report, four sites were identified to increased level of mercury contamination, namely: Palawan, Camarines Norte, Lanao del Norte, and Compostela Valley. In terms of health aspects, the MIA reported 100 percent compliance to the Minamata Convention. The MinamataConvention regulates the use and trade of mercury in the world. In photoare:Department of Health-Occupational Diseases Division chief Dr. Ma. Elizabeth I. Caluag (seated, 4th from left); MIAProject coordinator Mr. Joe AmilSalino (seated, left);MIA Project member Mr. ArianeDave Farnazo (standing, left); MIA Project consultant Engr. Teddy Monroy (standing, second from left); and the regional representatives of the Environmental Management Bureau of the DENR.###