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PIA Press Release
2005/12/01

Private transport sector lauded for using coco biodiesel

Tacloban City (1 December) -- The Philippine Information Agency 8, in its Panindugan TV talk show lauded the private sector for patronizing the coco biodiesel which is an indigenous alternative source of energy.

PIA took note that there are more private sectors patronizing the government endorsed coco biodiesel than the government agencies which are enjoined to use coco biodiesel through memorandum circular number 55.

Among the private sector using coco biodiesel are transport groups, sugar plantation cooperatives with trucks used for hauling sugarcane, business establishments, construction companies, gasoline stations and other private citizens. PIA noted that several Caltex and Shell station in the Region already have coco biodiesel in their shelves.

In an interview with Mr. Allan Lee, the dealer of coco biodiesel in the Region, Mr. Lee said that coco biodiesel will mean 20 % savings in the diesel requirements of transport operators. Aside from that, Mr. Lee said that an additional mileage of 2 kilometers per liter of 1% coco biodiesel blended with 99% diesoline.

Mr. Lee clarified that although one liter of coco biodiesel costs about P139.00, only one percent will be blended so it will in the long run be cheaper. He said that coco biodiesel in the market is available in several packaging, in liters, 20-liter pail and drum. For the transport group with big requirements, Mr. Lee suggests that they buy the bigger containers as it will end up to be cheaper.

Mr. Lee noted the sudden increase in the requirements of coco biodiesel in the country. This means, he said that the Filipinos and the transport operators have realized the benefits of coco biodiesel not only on the performance of the vehicle but also in terms of the health and wealth of the people.

The Philippine Information Agency is sustaining if not strengthening its advocacy on the use of alternative sources of energy and energy conservation measures as its contribution to the development agenda of the national government.

PIA also continues to coordinates with various government agencies in the realization of their various advocacies which are all part of the 10 point legacy agenda of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. (PIA 8) [top]

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