August 18, 2007 (Inquirer) — In the Philippines, the food issue is avoided by using the jatropha (tuba-tuba) plant. The Biofuels Act of 2006 and implementation of the 1 percent biodiesel: 99 percent diesel gasoline ratio has led to biofuel production from jatropha and coconut, among other plants. Republic Act 9367 even calls for the National Biofuel Board to determine if biofuel production is sufficient to recommend that bioethanol compose at least 10 percent of all the gasoline (not limited to just diesel this time) sold in the country by 2011.
Three years could be enough time to increase biofuel production in the Philippines to make the 10 percent bioethanol recommendation possible. The amount of land needed to do so bears consideration though. A recent paper from Jesse Ausubel, the director of the Program for the Human Environment at New York’s Rockefeller University, argued that planting enough crops to use as biofuels the world over isn’t very eco-friendly.