“This is a major milestone in the government’s effort to reduce dependency on imported sources of energy, and to have energy security coupled with social equity and environmental sustainability,” Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said.

“We should have 20 more replications of this plant all over the Philippines,” Reyes said.

Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was scheduled to inaugurate the plant, could not make it because the “weather did not permit it,” Reyes said.

But through Reyes, Arroyo said that the plant was the realization of her dream to make the Philippines less dependent on imported fuel.

As per Reyes, the bigger dream is for the country to be weaned away from conventional sources of energy toward renewable sources.

“The dream is go renewable and (San Carlos) Bioenergy here has shown the way,” Reyes said.