JAKARTA, Indonesia—The Philippines is looking forward to the importation of fertilizers from here.
President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., concurrent chief of the Department of Agriculture (DA), made the pronouncement following a “very productive” meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo.
“I brought up the subject of agriculture, again because that is in my mind a very important subject that needs to be discussed. And we talked about the possibility of them supplying us with fertilizer, with Urea of Indonesia,” Marcos Jr. said.
Although he is vying for the shift to renewable energy, the President is also expecting an increase in coal supply from Indonesia as “there was a time few weeks back, they stopped to export coal.”
“Then the(re is a) place (for) renewable energy because coal is not seen as the most environmentally friendly fuel. Sabi ko (I asked), how do we shift? How does Indonesia plan to shift renewable? Pinagusapan din namin ‘yun (We talked about it),” he said.
“Nakiusap tayo sa kanila at sinama naman tayo doon sa listahan na bibigyan nila. Mag-export sila ng coal (We asked them and they included us in the list. They would export coal to us),” he added.