Sen. Gatchalian as keynote speaker to the sweet sorghum ethanol forum and book launch

The University of the Philippines Los Baños Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center (UPLB-IBRSC), in cooperation with DA-BAR, will be holding the event “Sweet sorghum as Feedstock: A Milestone for Bioethanol Fuel Book Launching and Stakeholders Forum” on December 4, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The book entitled “Sweet sorghum as Feedstock: A Milestone for Bioethanol Fuel”, published by the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research and the University of the Philippines Los Baños, is authored by Dr. Rex B. Demafelis (Professor and Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension) and co-authored by Dr. Domingo E. Angeles (Professor), Ms. Lisa Stephanie H. Dizon (University Researcher), Engr. Kristel M. Gatdula (Instructor), Engr. Amabelle A. Pector (University Researcher), and Ms. Haya Faye R. Rivera (Science Research Specialist). The book is the culmination of a series of researches on sweet sorghum as a smart crop for bioethanol covering the most recent breakthroughs in its agro-economic competence, technology development for conversion into ethanol, and corresponding economic assessment.

The event will commence with the welcome remarks of UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. followed by an inspirational message from DA-BAR Director Dr. Nicomedes P. Eleazar. The occasion will be graced by Hon. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, the Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels, who will convey his keynote address. Subsequently, Engr. Rosemarie S. Gumera (Manager III of the Planning & Policy Department, Sugar Regulatory Administration). Engr. Ruby B. De Guzman (Division Chief of the Biomass Energy Management Division, Department of Energy), and Engr. Queenie N. Rojo (Executive Director, Ethanol Producers Association of the Philippines).

The forum will offer the participants a dynamic discussion with policy makers, government regulators, researchers, and other ethanol stakeholders to address the issues, gaps and challengers faced by the bioethanol industry. The official launching of the book will serve as an immediate solution on the current two major challenges in ethanol industry: insufficient feedstock availability and high production cost due to inefficient process. Specifically, this will serve as practical guide in utilizing sweet sorghum as an alternative feedstock for ethanol, for the farmers to increase their plant productivity and for industries to optimize their processes to increase their ethanol yields.