THE URGENT NEED to find alternative fuel sources for the country led experts from the academe, research institutions, and government agencies to hold workshop at the University of the Philippines Los Baños last June 29 to come up with a comprehensive national R&D program on biofuels.
The workshop aimed to craft a proposal for national R&D program on biofuels particularly on the use of jatropha, cassava, and sweet sorghum as raw materials.
"These energy sources need to be explored, studied, and evaluated to determine if indeed they can be the better alternatives to the pollutive and expensive fossil fuels," PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon said in his welcome remarks.
During a writeshop, participants were grouped according to expertise on biofuel sources. Proposals on each biofuel source packaged or developed by participating institutions were used as benchmarks in their deliberations.
A spin-off meeting for each group to follow up on developments and further concretize the program is planned.
UPLB coordinated the event while the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research and PCARRD were co-sponsors.
-S&T Post, Vol. XXIV, 2nd Quarter 2006
Interviewed by: Ma. Rowena M. Baltazar, Science Research Specialist I, PCARRD