House seeks review of Biofuels Act and its impact on food
Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin wants a review of the decade-old Biofuels Act of 2006 (Republic Act No. 9367).
Garin said the consensus from eminent scientists, scholars and international organizations showed that biofuel development was detrimental to food security.
“Although the intents and purposes of the Biofuels Program are commendable and essential, the government also has to put an equal premium on food security,” said Garin.
Garin filed House Resolution No. 860, directing the House committee on energy to conduct an inquiry on the performance and impact assessment of the Biofuels Act of 2006 and development of alternative sources of biofuels.
In balancing the interests of both food security and biofuel development, Garin said it was practical and judicious to conduct a thorough research and development on other indigenous biofuel sources.
Studies showed that other plants, shrubs, trees, agricultural wastes and residues could be developed for biofuels expansion, apart from the biomass feedstock currently used in biofuel development, Garin said.
“Amidst issues raised against the Biofuels Program, it is high time to conduct a process evaluation of the Biofuels Act of 2006 to determine its performance and impact vis-a-vis the goals set forth in the law’s declaration of policy,” Garin added. PNA