Heherson Alvarez and organic farming



I read with interest former Sen. Heherson Alvarez’s article in the Inquirer’s Commentary column on Saturday about climate change and steps the government is doing to address the problem.

Even when he was still senator and secretary of environment and natural resources, Alvarez was at the forefront of the campaign to reduce air pollution to offset the effects of climate change.

One of the adverse effects of climate change was super typhoon “Pablo” that wrought havoc in the once storm-free Mindanao late last year.

“A notable (government) program concerns national greening. It targets the planting of 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of degraded or denuded areas during the period 2011-2016,” Alvarez wrote.

If the project is done in earnest, the next generations of Filipinos will see thick forest covers in our mountains that  used to be denuded.

There will be less floods and landslides as the roots of trees in the mountains will absorb the water during heavy downpour.

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What also caught my attention was the former environment and natural resources chief’s mention of organic fertilizer in rice production.

“Locked for decades in a chemical production system, we have become a rice-importing nation, although rice is our main staple. It is a vast opportunity for organic fertilizer development,” said Alvarez.

I am now personally involved in the propagation of organic fertilizer and pesticide in vegetable farming, my humble contribution to a green environment.

My farm in Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province has become a demonstration farm for vegetable farming using organic fertilizer and pesticide.

The demonstration farm project is a joint undertaking of the Department of Agriculture and the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association (Vieva), a private entity.

I have opened my farm to people who wish to learn to grow vegetables through organic farming.

Thank you, Mr. Alvarez, for making a pitch for organic farming that does away with toxic chemicals.

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However, I disagree with Alvarez in his proposal to modify the diesel-run engines of some 500,000 Metro Manila vehicles by replacing these with new ones.

Diesel-run vehicles emit carbon dioxide from its engines causing 5,000 premature deaths due to air pollution, said Alvarez citing a World Bank study.

There’s no need to replace the diesel-fed engines of  public utility vehicles, as well as those privately owned.

There’s a product in the market that cleans up the engines and makes them lose 98 percent of black soot emissions: D-1280X.

Partas Bus Company, which uses D-1280X on its buses, is all praises for the product as all its buses now pass the emission tests conducted by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

Pasang Masda, the country’s biggest association of jeepney operators and drivers, is currently testing D-1280X on its units.

A Pasang Masda official said the cause of  vehicle pollution is dirty fuel, not the engines.

Since we’re a Third World country, we are a dumping ground of dirty fuel, said the official who didn’t want to be named.

“Even if we change the engines, there will still be pollution,” he added.

Pasang Masda has found that jeepneys using D-1280X have considerably reduced carbon emission.

Alvarez may want to call Riza Lim at 0917-8436043 or 0927-3601336. Lim is a local executive of the company that distributes the United States-made product.

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  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    That was impressive Mon, hope you get others to follow your lead in organic farming……..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

    D-1280X is considered “snake oil” here in the US. It is so EXPENSIVE and not even proven to be effective. Our diesels here are ULSD otherwise know as ultra low sulfur diesel. It has 15ppm. In the Philippines, I think diesel fuel is way above 500ppm. If you sell diesel fuel that is ULSD, no modification is required to the engine and/or vehicle.

    D-1280X sales here is almost 0 statistically speaking. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/53PNN2WSIQM6WLEOBGOCKQLV74 Jose

      Appreciate you do a research about this product telling the other side Matagal na nga iniendorso ni Mon. Ang napapansin ko lang sya lang yata yung nag papaptunay na effective yung product.

      • 33Sambuang2

        pera pera lang kasi ang gusto ni tulfo……………. mayabang ang gunggong na yan kaya ayan nagulpi. tago sa likod ng mga kapatid nyang ubod din ng yabang

  • mrgracia

    kelan ka pa naging expert, mr. tulfo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KMRCLJVDSH2TB6AMNVNI6SLJ3M Ben

    Organic farming. Another alibi to jack up food prices.  First you feed it to the rich.  In th old days, poor farmers were the one that is organic because they cannot afford chemicals to feed on their animals, so their meat were classified as “utility” or “choice” cuts, and the best cuts are “prime.”  Today they found out their chemicals are causing diabetes, beef brain disease, and cancer.  So they go back to the old farmers meat.  But how do they make more money?  –  O R G A N I C baby~!!!

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    teka, si heherson alvarez yung nagkaroon ng reforestation nung panahon ni Cory tapos yung subject for reforestation ay puro virgin forest pa d b? tapos anong sabi nya nung sinabihan sya kung bakit yan ang tataniman nila e may kahoy pa? e d putulin ang mga kahoy saka taniman hehe

    • walastick

       Alvarez was DENR secretary in 2001 -2002, definitely not cory’s time. He was cory’s agrarian reform secretary in 1986.

  • eirons1043

    If ur D1280-X engine is so good why is it not making any ripple in the Market Sir Mon?.  This Alvarez guy started as a crusading student but ended up a trapo to the core.  Stay away from him Sir Mon please.  I know you know his past trapo performance or non-performance, ang tanda na eh ayaw pang manahimik.

    • whyinthisworld

       Right eiron, knowing that guy, pls. keep away from alvarez. He’s trying once again to earn more millions and ran away with it. Ask him where did he get his money to buy building in the US. Pres. Noy knows it.

  • http://twitter.com/r_eyesian ian reyes

    kaya nakabili si Mon ng farm dahil sa pag-advertise nya sa D-1280X hehehe….magaling yata sa marketing……pasukin mo na rin iba pang product sigurado hindi lang farm mabibili mo hehehe

  • Htee

    Diesel-run vehicles emit carbon dioxide from its engines causing 5,000 premature deaths due to air pollution, said Alvarez citing a World Bank study.
    Baka naman carbon mpnoxide….carbon dioxide ay utot or bad breath.

    • beerhunters

      Combustion of gasoline or diesel produces carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide as a natural by-product and more so when the combustion is incomplete or ineffecient.
      5C + 4O2—> 2CO + 3CO2
      2CO +O2 (in air) —> 2CO2

  • branstark

    “A Pasang Masda official said the cause of  vehicle pollution is dirty fuel, not the engines.”

    are they testing their fuels on new engines. are there any new engines in any “new” jeepneys? isn’t it that all our jeepneys have old engines from imported old vehicles (from japan)? so how does they prove anything from their experiment if the engines are most probably “not clean” since their old.


    ALVAREZ, tulad ni Tulfo, ay gimikero.  Taon-taon may pinalalabas na ka-echosan para magkaroon ng pwesto sa gobierno.  Ano ba ang kwalipikasyon ng perennial student na yan kundi ang napakabit sa pundillo ni Ninoy ng namatay ito.  Tapos nang mapwesto na at nakakampante na sa trono, wala ng ginawa kundi magpalaki ng tiyan at magpa-liposuction sa isang clinic sa Quezon Av.  A classic carpetbagger of Isabela.

  • Wadav

    if you want to reduce air pollution in the streets, just increase the biodiesel blend up to 20%. currently it is only B2 and it has stayed there for quite sometime now. increasing the biodiesel blends, will also help our local coconut farmers who are currently suffering from low copra prices! diesel engines from 1987 up to present can efficiently accomodate B20 biodiesel blends!

  • kismaytami

    Mon, mauto mo kaya si alvarez na tumawag kay riza lim?

  • patawad

    Ahhh, ang walang kamatayang Hehe Alvarez, dahil laging kabit sa presidente past and present.  Kun hindi siya yong asawa niyang may bogus na national artist award.  

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    iba tlaga kung mag-advert si mon… mahal to, may column pa tlaga ung product!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    ok na sana yung column ni tulfing e,kaso humirit pa siningit yung sideline nya.ikaw talaga,tulfing,para kang langgam.kung saan ang matamis,nandoon ka.

  • dorarat

    columnist ka pa naman pero tatanga-tanga ka. di mo ba alam na tadtad ng reklamo yang produktong yan sa amerika. 

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Nung time ni Marcos,may Green Revolution.

    Recently,may lumabas na “Yung mga Kahoy Story”.

    Pinag puputol mga kahoy at his own responsibility muna Cagayan hanggang Mindanao.

    Look what happened in Pablo typhoon.

  • botets

    Mr Tulfo you should know how the LTO makes a pass on emission test.. Just for a couple of hundreds pasado ka na sa emisssion test.. Maskin na on line test nila is rigged I should know since my 1990 adenture passes the test every year.. Dapat sarin mas mataas ang rehistro pag diesel much more in old vehiscles..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DH5D5H6XIXUJUHGMEHUWZFVIOU Dionisio

    isama ninyo si tony (escapo) leviste sa tree planting kasi iyan (daw) ang kanyang expertise. taray ha??? alam kaya niya ang mahogany, ipil-ipil (sta, elena) madre kakaw, at iba pa??? 

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