By Ben Cal
The Philippine government and a United States-based company have entered into a partnership agreement on the use of the latter’s technology that taps pig wastes as alternative energy to help Filipino micro-scale piggery owners completely cut down their electricity dependence on private electric operators.
Ma. Teresa A. Serrano, program manager of the Center for Sustainable Human Development of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), said the the agreement was signed with the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) of the U.s. Environmental Protection Agency.
According to Serrano, the pilot project, installed at the Buklod-Unlad Multipurpose Cooperative in Taysan, Batangas, is called Tube-Bag Digester Installation, Operation and Maintenance.
Serrano said it is not a new technology converting pig wastes as alternative energy but the GMI-PHL has vastly improved the technology that can be used as electricity for a family of six maintaining a backyard piggery farm at home to boost their income and at the same time totally cutting down their dependence on electricity from private companies.
Government agencies that spearheaded the implementation of the joint project are DAP, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) implemented a Hands-on Training on Tube-Bag Digester Installation, Operation and Maintenance at the Buklod-Unlad Multipurpose Cooperative.