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We are an agricultural country.

That means
we produce or can produce our domestic food
requirements and with innovation, generate
surpluses for export.

Unfortunately, we are overly dependent on


imported chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Such dependence causes at least two
undesirable results:

1. It makes our farm lands much too acidic


and kills the microbes that by nature rehabilitate
those lands over time, and
2. It depletes our much needed dollar
reserves as the next slide shows.
In the last 2 years, government files show
that we spent the costs indicated (in round
figures) to import chemical fertilizers &
pesticides:

• 2007 - Chemical Fertilizers – US$300 m


- Pesticides – US$106 m

• 2008 - Chemical Fertilizers – US$ 774 m


- Pesticides – US$174m
• Now comes the World Wide Filipino Association
composed of overseas Filipinos. They want to
help get the country out of too much dependence
on imported chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
• Led by Jun Aguilar, Cesar Torres, Cita Garcia,
Kumeh Comendador, Rudy Dianalan & other
selfless volunteers, WFA plans to produce
organic compost or biomass for our farms use.
The proposal is
not weird or wild at
all. Scientific studies
abroad (Europe &
Asia) released in the
first quarter of 2009
indicated that the
world population is
assured of: (a)
quality food from
agriculture using
organic compost or
vermicast alone, and
(b) healthy food as
well.
- The WFA wants to help barangays put
up their own organic composting and
vermiculture plants that can
manufacture non-chemical fertilizers
and pesticides.

• By doing so, WFA


members believe that
we heal the soil,
eliminate the need to
import fertilizers &
pesticides, and produce
health food for all.
What is needed for the
barangays to go into organic
compost or vermiculture in a
systemic and sustained
manner?

We need 1. the barangays to accept & adopt the


proposal; 2. the WFA to pilot test the concept in select
barangays; 3. Congress to pass the laws to get LGU support
for the conversion of biomass into vermicast/organic
compost; 4. the government to help create a local market for
it; & 5. the help of the Ecology Center in Quezon City.
Organic (garbage or
biodegradable) waste must be properly
managed.
Improperly handled, garbage
attracts disease-carrying pests. Flies are
carriers of 12 disease potentials;
roaches, 17; rodents, 30, just to cite
obvious examples.
Expensive pesticides would then
be needed to kill the pests. In the
process, toxic residues find their way
into our food that invariably render our
people sickly. And to combat people’s
diseases, we have to import expensive
chemical-based drugs.
Thus, the endless cycle of our
people’s dependence on imported
chemicals is established.
With scientific methods
available, there is enough raw
material (solid waste) for us to
manufacture compost fertilizers &
pesticides for the production of our
food needs.
The technology to
execute mass production of
organic fertilizer and to revive
(bio-remediate) the soil made
dull and acidic by chemical
fertilizers has been available in
the country since 1960. There
is no need to search abroad for
equipment and the technical
know-how for those ends.
Commissioner Metodio Palaypay of National
Solid Waste Management (NSWM) gave the
information that Filipino inventor-entrepreneur,
Gonzalo Catan, Jr., developed the “Vermilog
technology” locally. The technology ensures high
success rates for vermicomposting compared to
ordinary processes.
The use of shredders & irrigation equipment
for the production of vermicast/vermicompost also
do not need expensive imported fuel. The
machines can now be run by Green Charcoal
Hydrogen, another invention of Mr. Catan.
Green Charcoal is an
alternative renewable fuel
sourced from biodegradable
wastes. It uses the same
raw materials as in the
production of vermicast
organic fertilizer.

By using Green
Charcoal Hydrogen fuel
technology, we help clean
our environment and help
the economy.

And we upgrade
“useless” biomass waste to
high-value fuels and
fertilizers.
Green Charcoal
can replace diesel
and bunker fuel for
factory and vehicle
use. Yes, even coal in
coal-powered plants.

Green Charcoal does not create carbon


dioxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury which
ordinary charcoal, petrol fuels and coal-powered
plants do.
Green Charcoal has a tremendous
potential for wide-scale use in household
and commercial cooking, transportation
and industrial power not only for the
country but world-wide as well.
Green charcoal promotes the country’s self-reliance in
the use of available resources for fuel and organic
farming.

As an alternative fuel with low or zero emission of


greenhouse gases, it reduces our country’s
contribution to global warming.

Green Charcoal is our country’s very own


ingenious response to the energy and global
warming crisis.

It will provide employment for thousands of Filipinos


& increase the income of local governments which
will use biomass waste, produce their own Green
Charcoal and vermicast organic fertilizers.
•Break the chains that bind us to chemical based
fertilizers and pesticides.
•Use instead our locally produced compost and
biomass.
•Produce health and quality food for our people.
•Save precious foreign exchange reserves for
other vital needs.
•Raise incomes of our people especially in the
Reference:
http://www.nenepimentel.org/speeches/20090427_Organic.asp