Davao City to assess use of biodiesel in cars

TO COME up with proper data on efficiency of the use of the Biodiesel Fuel (BDF) the Davao City government is inviting vehicle owners to try it for free as it embarks on test to gather data on its efficiency.

Davao City Assistant City Administrator Tristan Dwight Domingo, in an interview with SunStar Davao last week said that they are now targeting until October this year for the emission monitoring of vehicles powered by BDF.

“Some of our garbage vehicles are using it, some of our garbage collection trucks are using it, and some of our office vehicles are using it. The vehicles which are used to collect cooking oil all over the city are using it. In our office now, we’ll try one of our vehicles to use it. Whoever is also interested to try it out everybody is welcome because the more vehicles we have to come up with database on the efficiency of this fuel, the better for our project, but moving forward this will be a regular program of the government,” Domingo said.

Last August 25, 2017, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, together with Japan State Minister to Foreign Affairs Nakane Kazuyuki and other representatives of implementing agencies, led the official blessing of the P10-million BDF machine and the ceremonial gas-up of jeepneys.

The implementing agencies are Biomass Japan Incorporated, Shinozaki Transport and Warehouse Company, Limited, Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the City Government.

On the same date, 30 jeepneys availed the BDF for a three-month efficiency test.

Domingo, in a same interview with Sun.Star Davao, noted that many people are still hesitant to accept the BDF, which also the reason why they use city government vehicles for the emission monitoring.

“So far there have been no negative feedbacks on the use of this biodiesel fuel. We just have to highlight that when you use this biodiesel, you must strictly follow the maintenance within the first two months of use. After that you can go back to your usual regular maintenance, when I say maintenance it involves oil filter, fuel filter, so we are strict. That’s what we should supposedly do, we have to be strict to the preventive maintenance of the vehicles” Domingo said.

He said that right now they are not selling the diesel and they are in the testing stage to get the right amount of data to back up its efficiency.

He also added that there is enough BDF generated from the machine daily, since the machine can produce 900 liters of BDF, out of 1,000 liters of used cooking oil.

Domingo said so far the number of barangays who had committed to produced cooking oil has not increased. He said that, like the solid waste and management program, the community participation is low in the BDF initiative.

He said that businesses and establishments tend to cooperate more in providing used cooking oil but the barangay level is not yet strong.

“But I’d like to highlight that there are barangays who are actually doing well but it is very minimal from what the city want,” he said.

Domingo said the Davao City Environment and Natural Resource Office have a dedicated team to monitor both solid waste management and used cooking oil collection.
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