The governments of the Philippines and Brazil conducted the First Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Bioenergy Cooperation from October 01 to 03 in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Philippines was represented by the Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita, Ms. Ruby B. de Guzman from the Department of Energy, Ms. Rosemarie S. Gumera from the Sugar Regulatory Administration, Ms. Judith Ann Mae M. Luna from the Philippine Agriculture Development and Commercial Corporation, and Vice Consul Eric P. Valenzuela of the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia.
In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Mariangela Rebuá, Director of the Foreign Ministry's Energy Department and head of the Brazilian delegation, recognized the Philippines and Brazil as both experts in bioenergy. The rest of the Brazilian delegation included officials from the Office of the President, Ministry of External Relations, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and EMBRAPA, the agricultural research corporation of Brazil.
The Philippines is a leader in renewable energy in the Asian region as the world's largest producer of coconut oil, which is a source of biodiesel, and the second largest producer of geothermal power. On the other hand, Brazil is a key player in bioenergy and is the second largest producer of ethanol in the world.
The JCM aims to identify possible areas of technical cooperation and trade between the Philippines and Brazil, including the exchange of experts, access to technical studies, purchase of flex-fuel vehicles for higher blends of ethanol and equipment and machineries for ethanol distilleries.
The JCM was a result of a Memorandum of Understanding on Bioenergy Cooperation including Biofuels signed by the Philippines and Brazil on June 24, 2009. The second JCM will be hosted by the Philippines in 2014. END