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Ecija gov’t, ALCOM Carbon sign deal for “NuevaChar” project
STA.ROSA, Nueva Ecija — The provincial government of Nueva Ecija led by Gov. Aurelio M. Umali and ALCOM Carbon Marketing Philippines led by Prateek Tiwari signed a joint venture agreement for the putting up of a project dubbed “NuevaChar, A Philippine Bio-Char Project” in the province, the first of its kind in the Philippines.
Also witnessing the signing-ceremony, which was held at the Gramco Building in Bgy. Soledad , this town on Wednesday were provincial administrator and attorney Alejandro R. Abesamis and Pastor Dodgie Nuňez, of ALCOM-CMP.
Under the JVA, the provincial government-owned grain-drying facility inside the New Capitol Compound in the capital city of Palayan will be the main site for the BioChar production plant and its operations with ALCOM-CMP taking charge of the production and sale of biochar.
The “NuevaChar” project described as the first to be put up in the country and the “first internationally-registered” to be producing carbon credits, involves the production of biochar, described as the carbon skeleton of biomass, which is derived through the environment-friendly disposal of rice husks and other agricultural by-products using a heating process called pyrolysis.
Umali said it also serves as concrete proof of the provincial government’s total commitment to help the Novo Ecijano farmers as it now moves a step forward in working ways for the preservation of the environment amid threats posed by global warming and climate change.