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Aquino cites PHL bioenergy potentials

Manila, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed optimism yesterday at the first Philippine International Bioenergy Conference at the historic landmark Manila Hotel that the country’s bioenergy potentials would be further tapped this year.

Aquino said that while efforts had paid off in the energy sector last year, more efforts are expected in the field of bioenergy this year.

“I am convinced that together, we can build on the successes of the past year towards an even more impressive performance for the energy sector in 2012. Renewable energy has always been a key consideration towards achieving our vision of a greener and more vibrant Philippines,” he said.

The conference comes in the heels of the $1.78-billion investment of China in Nigeria to produce bioethanol using sweet sorgum as feedstock.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala delivered the welcome remarks during the two-day conference, which was convened to attract more local and foreign investors in plunking in their money for the production of bioethanol.

Alcala noted the growing market for ethanol worldwide and stressed that the government is encouraging the wider use of renewable energy and the Department of Agriculture (DA) is deeply involved in finding areas for the massive cultivation of feedstock like sugar and sweet sorghum. (Madel R. Sabater and Marvyn N. Benaning)