PHILIPPINE DELEGATION. (Front row L-R) Jetti Petroleum Inc. President Leo Bellas; Department of Energy Chief Science Research Specialist Ruby de Guzman; Philippine Embassy Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline Javelosa; Sugar Regulatory Administration, Planning, Policy and Special Projects Department Manager Rosemarie Gumera; Ethanol Producers Association of the Philippines (EPAP) Executive Director Queenie Rojo; Department of Science and Technology Nonilo Pena; (Back row L-R) University of the Philippines Los Banos Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Professor Rex Demafelis; US Grains Council Regional Director for Southeast Asia Manuel Sanchez; Roxas Holding Inc. President and CEO Hubert Tubio; US Grains Council Council President and CEO Ryan LeGrand; URC Sugar and Renewables Business Unit Chairman and General Manager Renato Cabati; and Leyte Agricultural Corporation Chief Finance Officer Kevin Chang.


23 October 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A 10-member Philippine delegation of private and public representatives including the Philippine Embassy’s Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline C. Javelosa participated in the inaugural Global Ethanol Summit hosted by the US Grains Council, Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy on 13-15 October 2019 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

The Summit is an invite-only meeting for Minister- and senior-level industry leaders, ethanol producers and refiners across global ethanol markets in over 50 countries to interact towards creation or expansion of ethanol production and trade and further information exchange and collaboration.

US Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky in his keynote address updated the forum on US policy affecting the ethanol industry, including the USDA’s plan to roll out a program to incentivize sales of higher ethanol blends including E15 and to build the infrastructure for it.

Deputy Secretary Censky also gave the Philippines as an example of an economy committed to its domestic ethanol production while allowing trade to complement its blending requirements and environmental targets.

Ethanol production in the Philippines currently uses sugarcane and molasses although there are some ethanol plants looking into other feedstock, particularly corn, as potential sources.

Meanwhile, biodiesel production in the Philippines is from coconut oil transesterified into coco methyl ester and is referred to as cocobiodiesel when blended with fossil diesel.The event, which brought together more than 400 attendees, discussed ways to decarbonize transport and reduce particulate matter emissions, collaborate in production, trade and increased use of biofuels/ethanol for the achievement of environmental, human health and economic benefits. ###

23 October 2019

USDA Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky delivers his keynote address.