Without any assurance of any local or export markets , Chemrez broke ground in October 2003 for the construction of a continuous methyl ester plant using technology from Germany's Lurgi Lifesciences . The plant was completed and inaugurated on May 3, 2006 by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte; Mr. Rafael Lotilla, Secretary of the Department of Energy and Congressman Luis Villafuerte, one of the principal authors of the Philippine Biofuels Law .(Refer to attached picture, Figure 1).
Protesters burned effigies of Environment Secretary Mike Defensor, Secretary Rafael Lotilla of the Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission chair Rodolfo Albano and Napocor president Cyrill de Callas.
The President then introduced the visiting South Korean President to her Cabinet Members who formed part of the reception line, including Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Secretaries Alberto Romulo (Department of Foreign Affairs), Margarito Teves (Department of Finance), Rafael Lotilla (Department of Energy), Patricia Sto Tomas (Department of Labor and Employment), Joseph Ace Durano (Department of Tourism), Hermogenes Ebdane (Department of Public Works and Highways), and Leandro Mendoza (Department of Transportation and Communications).
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