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Philippine Biofuel Industry Primer for Investors

Philippine Biofuel Industry Primer for Investors

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Published by Gene Gregorio
The primer was meant to familiarize foreign investors with the 2008 Philippine biofuel industry environment. It appropriately includes:

I. Acronyms for Vital Linkages and Reference
II. Other Jatropha Projects
III. Competitive Biofuel Crops and Companies
IV. Government Statements on Biofuel/ Jatropha
V. Legislative Initiatives
VI. Scientific Findings/ Research & Development
VII. Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) for funding
VIII. Biofuels Act (RA 9367) and Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR)
IX. Department of Energy (DOE) Programs
X. Tree Plantations
XI. Carbon Credits
XII. Anti-Biofuel Groups
The primer was meant to familiarize foreign investors with the 2008 Philippine biofuel industry environment. It appropriately includes:

I. Acronyms for Vital Linkages and Reference
II. Other Jatropha Projects
III. Competitive Biofuel Crops and Companies
IV. Government Statements on Biofuel/ Jatropha
V. Legislative Initiatives
VI. Scientific Findings/ Research & Development
VII. Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) for funding
VIII. Biofuels Act (RA 9367) and Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR)
IX. Department of Energy (DOE) Programs
X. Tree Plantations
XI. Carbon Credits
XII. Anti-Biofuel Groups

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PHILIPPINE BIOFUEL PRIMERI. Acronyms for Vital Linkages and Reference
PAFC – Philippine National Oil Co. – Alternative Fuels Corp. Formerly known asPNOC Petrochemical Development Corp., it was incorporated in July 2006. It ismandated to develop, explore, and accelerate the utilization andcommercialization of alternative fuels, focusing on jatropha as biodieselfeedstock in the country.AIPSI – Asian Institute of Petroleum StudiesICRISAT – International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (India-based)ISAAS – International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences, Inc. Ledby UP Los Banos vice chancellor Dr. Roberto Ranola, Jr.ISAAA – International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.New York based.SEARGA – Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Researchin Agriculture. Based in Los Banos, Laguna.WIREC - Washington International Renewable Energy ConferencePlatts – global energy information groupDOE – Department of Energy. DOE’s Alternative Fuels Program is a keycomponent of the government’s Energy Independence Agenda. The program isheaded by Dir. Mario Marasigan.DENR – Department of Environment and Natural ResourcesDAR – Department of Agrarian ReformDND – Department of National DefenseDA – Department of Agriculture. The DA is the lead agency of the government’s“convergence of agencies” involved in jatropha production, along with DENR andDAR.DA-BAR – Dept. of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural ResearchPBB – Philippine Biofuel Board. As stipulated by the Biofuels Act (RA 9367), DAis mandated to develop, implement, and monitor the government’s biofuelproduction and utilization technology programs.NBB – National Biofuels BoardDBP – Development Bank of the PhilippinesLBP – Land Bank of the PhilippinesPCIC – Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.UP-LB – University of the Philippines-Los Banos. Premier agricultural researchfacility in the country.BIARC – Bicol Integrated Agricultural Research CenterPCARRD – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural ResourcesResearch and DevelopmentChatham House – British food think tank
 
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PFC – Philippine Forest Corp. A government corporation under the supervisionand control of DENR.PADCC - Philippine Agriculture Development and Commercial Corp. Acorporation under the control and supervision of the Dept. of Agriculture. TheDA’s implementing arm for its national biofuel feedstock development program.NRDC – Natural Resources Development Corp. DENR’s corporate arm.CARP – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform ProgramPCA – Philippine Coconut AuthoritySRA – Sugar Regulatory AdministrationCSPA – Confederation of Sugar Producers Association. The implementing rulesand regulation of the Biofuels Act made the confederation a member of theBioethanol Board, a consultative body that will work with the SRA in developingand implementing bioethanol-related policies.IPPCA – Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association. The newpetroleum playersCAMPI - Chamber of Automotive ManufacturersJAMA
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Japan Automotive Manufacturers AssociationIETA - International Emissions Trading Association. Accredited by the UN.JBIC - Japan Bank for International CooperationESP – Ecological Society of the Philippines. An anti-biofuels group.
II. Other Jatropha Projects
PNOC-AFC to pursue jatropha project. PAFC, the biofuels arm of state-owned PNOC is pushing through with its planned jatropha developmentproject in Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.PAFC Pres. Peter Anthony Abaya said they will renew talks with the Dept.of Justice (DOJ) to let the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) develop the flat arablelands of Iwahig. Since rice is not ideal for rolling and sloping land, thePAFC will continue its plans to develop jatropha for those sloping areasthis end of April. Iwahig will be a rice and biofuel producer at the sametime. Palawan alone, has more than 200,000 hectares of idle lands saidPalawan Gov. Joel T. Reyes. PAFC and the Palawan government signedan MOU last March 27 for the plantation of jatropha in over 30,000hectares of idle lands. Initially, Palawan will identify, consolidate, andcommit an initial area of at least 10,000 hectares for the establishment ofjatropha nursery and plantation. There is already an existing 70-hectarejatropha nursery in San Isidro, Narra in the southern part of Palawan.Reyes said they are currently securing some legal documentation for thelands. He said they are also looking at putting up a refinery in partnershipwith the private sector. PAFC has jatropha nurseries in Gen. Santos,Cagayan de Oro, Saranggani, Agusan del Sur, and Fort Magsaysay.
 
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Biofuels Act co-author and former Congressman Herminio G. Teves hasbeen growing jatropha trees on 10,000 hectares of leased hillsides inTamlang Valley, a 24,000-hectare area straddling the municipalities ofValencia, Siaton, and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental, since last year. Hisbiodiesel plant is set to start operations in 2009. Jatropha productiongradually increases, said Teves who explained that 2,000 trees perhectare can be planted one year and 4,000 the next. He said jatrophaproduction has opened up jobs for many residents of Tamlang Valley,adding that he offers profit-sharing to employees. He expects to harvest10,000 kilos of seeds per hectare after four years. He said about 3.5 kilosof seeds can produce a liter of oil which is similar to bunker oil. He is nohurry to sell the seeds as a lot of local and foreign investors want to buythem. Teves plans to sell to the more lucrative foreign market. “The PNOCand the oil companies here want to already sign an agreement with me.But I’m not in a hurry because I know there are foreign companies willingto buy,” he said. He added that China and Japan are “very, veryinterested” to buy jatropha to produce biodiesel. Minutes of the bicameralconference committee that fashioned the final version of the Biofuels Actreveal that Teves was apparently eyeing the foreign market even beforethe law was passed.
Lopez-led First Philippines Holdings Corp. is preparing to enter theemerging biofuels business, with subsidiary First Philippine Properties,Inc. forming a new vehicle for plantations and nursery. FWV BiofieldsCorp. has an authorized capital of only P5-M with Rafael M. Alunan III,Rafael M. Abello, Jr., Rodolfo R. Waga, Jr., Aganes le Casabar Oxales,and Esmeraldo C. Amistad as incorporators. FWV Biofields will also carryon agribusiness activities such as nursery operations for plant seedlingsand the cultivation of aquatic resources and mangroves. It plans to raisebetween P2.94-B and P4.91-B from the sale of 50-M preferred shares.First Holdings has investments in power generation and distribution, tollroads, manufacturing, and support industries such as oil pipeline services,construction, and engineering services as well as property development.
In Washington D.C. last March 10, Philippine Forest Corp. (PFC) signed ajatropha production contract with Abundant Biofuels Corp. (ABC), a USfirm engaged in the business of biofuel alternative energy production.Based in Monterey, California, ABC will operate the jatropha productionand refinery business in Bukidnon through its subsidiary Bio-FuelsPhilippines, Inc. Rene Lacsina, president and CEO of Bio-FuelsPhilippines, Inc. signed a $200-M jatropha production contract with thePhilippine Agriculture Development Corp. (PADC). Lacsina recalled PFCbrought him to Negros to join the group of former Cong. Herminio Teves

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