Dads Vow Support for Mass Production of Portable Bio-digester

November 20, 2008

Bacolod Councilor Jun Gamboa (left), Third District Board Member Patrick Lacson (center) and MBCCI Vice President Frank Carbon discuss means of mass producing the portable biogas bio-digester all over Negros Occidental.*

Negros Occidental Sang-guniang Panlalawigan Third District board member Patrick Lacson and Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlung-sod Member Wilson Gamboa, Jr. attended the fabrication training of the portable bio-digester conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Negros Office and which both officials committed to help in the information dissemination, awareness creation and mass production of these bio-digesters.

These DOST invented portable bio-digesters are part of a project of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (MBCCI) and was facilitated by the office of BM Lacson, of which the latter said, “Will help local government units in implementing its solid management program down to their respective barangay level.”

According to DOST, it was the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ITDI) this “Portable Biogas Digester” which is an air-tight, oxygen free vessel, fed with organic materials where the microbial digestion takes place to produce the biogas.

The major components of the digester are anaerobic ‘digester’, gas holder and effluent collection bin and the materials needed for conversion to gas are kitchen wastes, manures and organic wastes.

Initially, the airtight gas holder can be connected to any cooking stove as fuel which Lacson said, “This portable biogas bio-digester will save end-users from the traditional cooking gas or liquefied petro-fuel gas (LPG) thus costing household less but its benefit is the implementation of solid management program.”
“Using this facility, households will automatically segregate wastes for the biodigester feed stocks and finally result into a new source of cooking at almost no cost at all,” he added.

Lacson committed to help MBCCI and DOST market the portable bio-digester and he plans to tap technical schools within his district among them the Technological University of the Philippines in Talisay City and the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias City.

“I commend DOST for the technology passed on to MBCCI as the exclusive distributor and being generous to share technology with different sectors in Negros. It is high time, we Negrenses must be “efficient” in any way we possibly can, and it is high time we segregate our wastes and preserve our environment,” Lacson added.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City Councilor Gamboa stressed that as vice chairman of the Committee on Livelihood and Cooperatives, “These locally fabricated portable biogas bio-digester can be integrated in the City Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Office programs (CCLDO) especially on food and cooking thus saving the program’s fuel needs.”

“Through a bio-digester based cooking fuel, I am looking at how this can best enhance food processing and preparation. Consequently, this MBCCI-DOST project given LGU support will promote cheaper and greener mode of cooking. `Greener mode’ of cooking is environmentally safe, economically efficient and a practical way of using bio-degradable wastes generated within the City of Bacolod,” Gamboa said.

“I will personally spearhead information dissemination of this project within the City of Bacolod, teaching them that a substantial amount of money among barangay households can be saved.

At the same time, if mass produced, this will reduced tons of waste matter the City disposes daily,” Gamboa added.* (Gil Alfredo B. Severino)