PGMA turns over charcoal briquetting machines to 6 towns in Pampanga

January 31, 2010 12:24 am 

LUBAO, Pampanga, Jan. 30 – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday turned over charcoal briquetting machines to six municipalities here as part of her climate change advocacy.

In a simple ceremony held at Lubao Material Recovery Facility at Barangay Sta. Catalina here, the President distributed certificates of award for 10 charcoal briquetting machines to respective mayors of six recipient municipalities.

Lubao received five units while the municipalities of Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Guagua, Porac, and Mexico, each received a unit.

In his project briefing, Environment and Natural Secretary Eleazar Quinto cited the tremendous advantages of charcoal briquetting to waste reduction and disposal.

He said green charcoal is a solid fuel derived from carbonized leaves, twigs, stem and other farm and urban wastes and compacted into briquettes.

The production of charcoal briquettes that use trash as raw materials such as paper, rice straw, coconut shell, coffee pulp, kitchen waste, and even vegetable waste also aids in the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to the atmosphere.

When burned, it emits a steady heat with low clean flame. The charcoal is easy to ignite and burns completely in at least 50 minutes.

The use of this charcoal can lessen wood charcoal consumption. Every year, these charcoal users consume about 5.4 million cubic meters of fuel wood from the forest and woodlands or an equivalent of 1.35 million metric tons of charcoal. (PNA) RMA/ops/jsd

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