Salcedo brings Camiguin charcoal to MMSU

MA. LOUELLA D. Salcedo, dean of the Institute of Engineering and Computer Studies of Camiguin Polytechnic State College presented her technical paper entitled “The Comparative Study of the Different Charcoal Produced in Camiguin Province” during the 2015 National Engineering Research Symposium held at Mariano Marcos State University, Ilocos Norte, May 26-28, 2015.

With the theme “Philippine Engineering Research in the Context of ASEAN 2015”, 39 presenters from public and private colleges and universities all over the Philippines responded to the call for papers.

Dean Salcedo was escorted by. Engr. Gilda B. Fabe, IECS faculty, with all cost born by the College.

Paper Presented during the 2015 Nationa Engineering Research Symposium at Mariano Marcos State University, City of Batac, Ilocos Norte, May 26-28, 2015
Ma. Louella D. Salcedo
Camiguin Polytechnic State College,Mambajao, Camiguin


Charcoal is an important agricultural by-product in Camiguin, as an essential source of domestic cooking fuel as well as an industrial raw material. The high production and demand of different types of charcoal (the wood charcoal, coconut shell charcoal, and the coconut shell charcoal briquettes) lead to an inquiry as to the environmental threats to agro-forest based farming system as well as its economic contribution in the province. Experiments, surveys, and interviews were used to draw out the perspectives of the charcoal producers, consumers and local government officials, and other key informants on the ground. This study revealed that among the consumers under study, eateries and bakeries claimed that coconut shell charcoal and wood charcoal are the main substitute to LPG for domestic cooking fuel but availability and high price lead the consumers to shift to coconut shell charcoal briquettes. Although coconut shell charcoal are abundant, most of the production are for industrial raw which are delivered outside the island. Among the three types of charcoal under study, consumers claimed that coconut shell charcoal briquettes are more economical to use due to its availability and cheaper price. Environmentally, coconut shell charcoal briquettes has a lesser effect on agro-forest based farming system as proven from experiments and interpretation of data.

Keywords: Agro-forest based farming system, By-product, Food industry,

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