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The Biofuel Act kicked in in the Philippines today, and gas stations around the country started pumping B1 into diesel cars at midnight (local time), according to AHN. The law requires all oil firms to blend coco-methyl ester (CME) into diesel products to at one percent of the total. In two years, the companies will also have to blend ethanol into gas to make E5. Even with this tiny percentage, transport groups have "raised concerns over the possible effects of the implementation of the law on o

Last year Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo released an Energy Independence Agenda for her country that called for sixty percent energy self-sufficiency by 2010. Now the president has signed a bill into law that makes part of that plan mandatory. The Republic Act 9367 mandates five percent ethanol be blended into all gasoline by 2009 and ten percent by 2011. For diesel they have to add one percent biodiesel within three months and two percent within two years. The new law also elimin