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USDA Reports On Increasing Ethanol Production Capacity In The Philippines
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On August, 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service released an annual report on the Philippines' biofuel industry and ethanol imports. In January 2007, The Biofuels Act or Republic Act (RA 9367) was signed, creating biofuels legislation in the Philippines that now mandate a ten percent ethanol blend and a two percent biodiesel blend. While the Biofuels Act gives priority to local ethanol, supply issues with local ethanol production have resulted in the ethanol blend mandate historically being met with imports. The USDA report expects local ethanol production to increase through 2017, reducing the need for imports from 311 million liters (MLi) in 2015, to 281 MLi in 2016, and 278 MLi in 2017.