Fees from bioethanol producers to fund RnD
Bioethanol fuel producers using sugar and sugarcane products will have to pay monitoring fees and liens for bioethanol research development and extension (BRDE) due to the absence of budget allotment from the General Appropriations Act 2016.
The funds collected will be used to support the government’s bioethanol program.
“The government has to manage and sustain the research, development and extension needs of the bioethanol program.
There’s no appropriation for the bioethanol program and the producers themselves willingly agreed to contribute this BRDE fund in the form of liens to finance their RDE project,” Sugar Regulatory Administrator Ma. Regina Bautista-Martin Martin said.
Based on the provisions of Sugar Order 5, the agency will collect a monitoring fee of P0.05 per liter of bioethanol produced while a lien of P.10 per liter of bioethanol will be collected from producers.
The billing statement will be furnished to the bioethanol producers based on monthly data collected by the Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE).
The funds which will be entered into a trust account intended to fund the research endeavors for bioethanol endorsed by Ethanol Producers Association of the Philippines (EPAP).
To this end, the SRA and EPAP will enter into an agreement on how to utilize the funds to ensure that any approved project proposal and work plans will abide by the rules and regulations of the Commission on Audit.
Failure to pay the fees will result in suspension or revocation of SRA registration, as well as sanctions and penalties provided by the law. (By: Angel Ong)