In line with the national government’s on-going quest for alternative sources of fuel, the PNOC- Alternative Fuels Corporation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), launched the Jatropha Biodiesel Processing Plant on June 26, 2010.
The launching which was one of the highlights in the 109th Foundation Anniversary celebration of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the DOST in Bicutan, Taguig City, was graced by DOST Secretary Dr. Estrella F. Alabastro with PNOC-AFC president and CEO Lt Gen Romeo P. Tolentino (Ret) sharing the limelight with ITDI Director Dr. Nuna E. Almanzor, who hosted the event.
The press release prepared by the PNOC-AFC Corporate Communications stated that the launching was witnessed by members of the science community and members of the media.
The event showcased the processes involved in the production of jatropha methyl ester from the jatropha seeds as seen live in an actual demonstration made by the DOST technical staff.
This is an affirmation to the public that the jatropha biodiesel project does not only promise a cheaper, cleaner, and safer energy source for the next generation but it could be a highly competitive energy industry that could propel the country’s economic growth and political stability in the near future.
PNOC-AFC president and CEO Tolentino emphasized the health benefits that the jatropha biodiesel project could bring to the millions of Filipinos who are inflicted with illnesses as a result of too much carbon emission coming from the traditional fossil-based fuels.