Presidential Communications Operations Office



  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Saturday, 20 July 2019 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 
home
 
about
 
fotos
 
info
 
links
 
ncrr01carr02r03calmimr05r06r07r08r09r10r11r12r13
 << July 2019 >> 
S M T W T F S
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Special News Editions:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Ilocano.Waray.Hiligaynon
Pangasinan.Other
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Waray.Hiligaynon.Ilocano
Pangasinan.All
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release
2007/01/23

Gov't projects P1.3-B savings with biofuels

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (23 January) -- The government projects a savings of $26-million or about P1.3-billion worth of fuel imports with the initial implementation of the 2006 Biofuels Act.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed into law in January 11, 1007 Republic Act 9637 or the Biofuels Act, which requires vehicle manufacturers and owners as well as oil companies to use fuels diluted with sugar or starch-derived alcohol to reduce the country's dependence on imported fuel and promote cleaner air.

Some ASEAN countries such as Malaysia have started working to commercially produce alternative fuels such as biodiesel, comprising mainly palm oil and ethanol made from the sap of nipa trees.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Using renewal raw materials to produce fuels is aimed ar reducing the world's dependence on dwindling stores of fossil fuels such as crude oil and coal.

Biofuels also produce lower amounts of harmful greenhouse gasers that contribute to global warming compared to traditional fuel sources.

President Macapagal-Arroyo said that with the enactment of the Biofuels Act, the country is expected to lessen its dependence on imported fuel and achieve energy independence.

The Philippines is importing 30 percent of its fuel requirements. The new law requires minimum one percent of biofuel to be blended with diesel within the first year of its effectivity, a percentage that will be raised to four to give percent within two years.

The law also mandates the blending of bio-ethanol in gasoline sold locally. It also provides tax exemptions, financial assistance and other incentives to encourage investments in the biofuels industry.

Besides generating huge savings for the country, the Biofuels Act is also expected to lead to the reduction of the pollution caused by fossil fuel emissions.

In the event that the Biofuel Act is passed, P29-billion of foreign exchange savings will be realized as a result of 657 million liters of biofuels to substitute imported diesel and gasoline products, said Energy USEC Mariano Salazar. (PIA XI) [top]

|«  prev  next  »|
DAILY NEWS LIST:
»Davao businessmen see positive outlook for 2007
»DAR transfer to Davao eyed
»Two Davao Norte big-ticket projects bared
»Gov't requires aliens to register
»Gov't projects P1.3-B savings with biofuels
»Gov't allocates P5-B for early retirement
»RDR lauds Ombudsman, DILG
»2007 budget widens health insurance coverage
»GRP-MILF coordination committee condemns bombings
»65.57% of 15-year-olds enter labor force
|«  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines