MANILA (PNA) -- The
Department of Energy (DOE) has reported that about 900
government vehicles have started using one percent
coco-methyl (CME) blend as the government stepped up
its program to develop alternative sources of fuel for
the transport sector.
In Memorandum Circular
No. 55, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered
all government agencies and corporations to use one
percent CME blend for their diesel requirements.
Energy Secretary Vincent
S. Perez said four months after MC 55 took effect,
there has been strong compliance from the government
agencies of the order.
CME, a substance derived
from coconut oil, is used as diesel additive or blend.
It is one of the most environment-friendly fuels.
The DOE said that the use
of CME as an additive or enhancer to diesel results in
better combustion, less emission and more engine power
to the vehicle.
Joining the program for
cleaner air are diesel-fed vehicles from the
Department of Energy, Department of Tourism,
Department of Environment and Natural Resources,
Employees Compensation Corp., Local Water Utilities
Administration, National Housing Authority, Natural
Resource Development Corp., Philippine Coconut
Authority, Philippine Convention and Investors Corp.,
Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp., Philippine Export
Zone Authority, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine
International Trading Corp., Lung Center of the
Philippines, Philippine National Oil Co., Philippine
Postal Corp., and the Supreme Court.
The President has ordered
the DOE to accelerate the program in light of
continued increase in world oil prices, Perez said. A
nationwide implementation of one to five percent CME
would decrease imported fuel dependency by three
percent, he added.
Last week, Perez also led
in the unveiling of the PNOC-Energy Development Corp.
(EDC),s first small-scale CME plant at its Energy
Research and Development Center in Quezon City. The
pilot plant can produce 200 liters of CME per day.
Perez said that the
project was carried out to demonstrate the viability
of fabricating a small CME plant which can be
replicated in the rural areas to help the millions of
The use of CME will also
yield savings to the government. Based on increased
fuel efficiency of 32 percent, there will be an
estimated P13.51 billion of displaced diesel. "This
translates to a $239.82 million equivalent savings in
dollar reserves," Perez said.