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February 21, 2018: *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos led Provincial Government and DepEd officials in the blessing of the newly rehabilitated CPG Sports Complex to make it ready for use during Bohol's hosting of CVRAA 2018 which opens on Feb. 25 *** Pre-CVRAA activities in Bohol will begin on February 23 and will officially open on Feb. 25 with a holy mass at 2pm, followed by a parade at 3:30pm which will lead to the CPG Sports Complex. ***Bohol will host 11,737 delegates from 19 divisions in the whole of Central Visayas for 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2018 hosting, according to DepEd Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto bared that Bohol got 48% increase in production of rice, the highest record in the country in 2017, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA). *** PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate said that PDEA which leads the oversight committee still needs to review the drug status of 500 barangays in Bohol before confirming them as drug free. *** Over a year into the government's nationwide campaign against narcotics trade, none of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have officially been recognized as drug-free by the regional oversight committee that assess drug presence in villages. *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA-7 Director Leo Caneda led the ribbon cutting and opening exhibits of the 3-day 18th Ubi Festival today. This year's festival is themed: "Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon."

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Saturday, May 26, 2012


Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 25, 2012 (PIA) –Attaining 20% biofuel mix for the country’s diesel fuel by 2030 is possible, members of the National Biofuel Board (NBB) agree, during their recent planning workshop at the Bohol Tropics Resort May 21-25, 2012. 

This can be had when the NBB member agencies and institutions stick to their commitments and aggressively pursue the plans and programs which the board adopted during the entire duration of the five day workshop, add representatives from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agriculture and the Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA). 

Both the PCA, DA and the SRA have been into expanding the country’s plantations to support the biofuel industry needs. 

Coconut is a main source of coco-methyl ester (CME) a component for biodiesel and sugarcane bagasse is a major source of biomass, upon where biofuel is extracted. 

To date, the country’s liquid fuel contains 2% biofuel for diesel and 10% bio-ethanol, as mandated by law, the National Biofuel Board (NBB) said the over-all plan is increasing it to 20% by 2030. 

Biofuel, as defined refers to bioethanol and biodiesel, or other fuels made from biomass and primarily used for motive, thermal and power generation, with quality specifications in accordance with the Philippine National Standards (PNS). 

Identified as a clean fuel source, biofuel, when developed and promoted is the country’s response to the clamor to wean from expensive imported fossil fuel by using indigenous, sustainably-sourced out indigenous and renewable energy. 

All to mitigate the toxic greenhouse gas emissions which accelerate the destruction of the environment, members of the National Biofuel Board, who held their planning workshop in Bohol recently said. 

“It must, however be a fuel that would have to go through rigid standards and the Department of Energy (DOE) certifies such after tests that the biofuel is indeed suitable for use in engines and in accordance with the PNS,” DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) director Mario Marasigan said. 

Since the Biofuel Act of 2006 took effect, all liquid fuels sold for motors and engines in the country have contained increasing amounts of locally sourced bio-fuel blends, he explains. 
At the recently concluded NBB workshop at the Bohol Tropics, Marasigan, said all liquid fuels in the country today have 1% to 2 % bio-fuel blend in biodiesel. 

At present also, there is already some 10% bioethanol blended in gasoline, and as planned, it would hit the 85% target by 2030, as to the National Renewable Energy Plan. 

But, beset with problems like less than projected production of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol additives, NBB members press for the revisit of the plan and update each other on the commitments and how far have they gone in support to the law, during the workshop (30).

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