Representatives of coconut farmers, coco oil producers and the business sector are urging the government to immediately implement the Biofuels Act of 2006 (Republic Act 9367) mandating that all diesel fuels sold in the domestic market be blended with five percent Coco Methyl Ester (CME).
The production of the 5% Biodiesel Blend, known in industry circles as B5, can help address the problem of plummeting copra prices, the stakeholders group said in a resolution dated July 19, 2018. The very low prices of copra, the resolution pointed out, is adversely affecting the livelihood of 3.5 million coconut farmers and their families as well as the coconut-based export sector.
CY 2017 Gawad Saka Award, for the most Outstanding Coconut Farmer is Mr. Gerardo C. Cordero, 60-year-old from Brgy. Topland, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Region XII. Mr. Cordero is a retired government employee and graduate of BS Agriculture major in Agronomy. He gained considerable knowledge and skills in coconut farming with his almost 20 years of involvement in the coconut industry as farmer, leader and entrepreneur.
Quezon City, 06 May 2018 – The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is calling on the National Biofuels Board (NBB) to raise to five percent the Coco Methyl Ester (CME) content of biodiesel currently sold in the domestic market. The present blend of biodiesel now in the country consists only of two percent CME and 98 percent regular diesel.