“[…] “As long as we are able to produce fuel that can be used by our automotive sector, our transport systems, and if they can increase the percentage [of biofuel] from 10 percent to 30 percent, that will have an impact on their fuel cost. Mubarato na,” he added.

He is also seeing a livelihood opportunities for the poor communities living in the coastal areas where the plant grows.

Nipa is mostly seen beside mangroves.

“The poorest areas in the Philippines are located in the coastal communities. Perhaps, this could be game-changer for communities that are poor and that have a substantial amount of nipa,” he said.

He said they are working closely with the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Department of Agriculture for the study and targets to finish it after a year.”

Source: NGO studies Nipa potential for Biofuel