I made this banner way back in 2010, before I left the methane to markets project and saying goodbye to my anaerobic biodigester friends. The phase of development is really slow, renewable energy projects are running at a turtle’s phase here in the Philippines, though I am getting my monthly salary and getting some opportunities to be trained in GHG verification, there seems to be no great impact renewable energy have in policy-making.
The Renewable Energy Act has been around for quite some time yet the impact is not much, now the Philippines is facing an energy crisis where areas within the country face rotating black-outs which could have been prevented by developing small-scale renewable energy projects. I do miss being a part of a project implementing renewable energy initiatives, even something as small as putting up a small microscale digester in a small farm. If only such initiatives were replicated similar to what has been done in Vietnam and Cambodia, we won’t have to rely on diesel-powered generators or even power barges that run on carbon emitting fossil fuels.
There is so much opportunity but we just could not see it because… I don’t know… I just don’t understand the policy scenario why opportunities are being missed and our environmental initiatives are just simply for show and not for return on investments.
What if you have to put up with a dumb local government and use this kind of information for greenwashing and politicking. Today, I decided to review the verification requirements for the Carbon Disclosure Project or CDP, particularly the verification requirements for an upcoming CDP verification contract and I suddenly came across this link about local governments becoming superheroes in reporting, mitigating and adapting to climate change. It seems I don’t see in the list Puerto Princesa City which already spent some publicity funds declaring its carbon neutrality. Thank goodness I don’t belong to that sector that requires you to be more public and less technical. That kind of mentality has a questionable level of assurance.
I just don’t understand the disconnect, how people look at things in mutual exclusion rather as one single interconnected system. Well, a number of people don’t understand me either, would that require mutual acceptance? As usual, reading through the news in a number of dailies give us a reflection of how policy making is undeniably unguided and individual interests abound without concern for the common good. This is a failure based on my training in economics.
Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. D.Sc. gracing one of the Biodigester IEC events. Thank you for the methane to markets grant, however we have to put up with Kurt and US EPA
Yumul takes early retirement from DOST, weather bureau
By Tarra V. Quismundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:27 am | Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Science and Technology confirmed Wednesday that Graciano Yumul, supervising undersecretary for the weather bureau and DOST Research and Development chief, has retired after 28 years of public service.
DOST spokesperson Mon Liboro said Yumul opted for early retirement after nearly 30 years in public service and turned in his retirement letter on Monday.
Yumul himself issued a brief statement: “Magandang umaga po. Please be informed that starting March 12, 2012, I have optionally retired from government service. Maraming salamat po sa mga naitulong ninyo at sana ay ipagpatuloy nyo pagtulong sa DOST.”
Originally posted at 11:17 am |Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012