At the end, the Bio-ethanol plant was shut down by farmer's protest. San Mariano is a little town in the province of Isabela in northeastern Philippines. A joint statement reseased by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the Danggayan dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (DAGAMI-Isabela), announced that the the bio-ethanol plant was shut down.
The bio-ethanol is a project run by Green Future Innovations Inc., The Green Future Innovations (GFII) is a venture between Japanese companies Itochu Corp. and JGC Corp. Joining them are Philippine Bioethanol and Energy Investments Corp. and GCO, a holding company from Taiwan.
The plant put up a 54– million liter ethanol plant in San Mariano amounting to $120 million dollars. The bio-ethanol plant used sugarcane as feedstock sourced from 6,000-hectare farmlands now converted into a nursery in San Mariano and Delfin Albano towns in Isabela.
When the bioethanol plant started its operation on May 2012 it polluted the air, produced unpleasant smell and it released its toxic waste in the surrounding farmlands and Pinacanauan River causing sickness among the residents and successive fish kills in Barangay (village) Lucban in Benito Soliven town,. During a recent rally in front of the office of the EcoFuel Land Development Inc. on August 7, the farmers and indigenous people demanded that the EcoFuel should immediately vacate their lands. Those lands are the primary source of livelihood for farmers and their families, providing harvests of vegetables, bananas, pineapples, indigenous rice crops, and corn varieties. The bioethanol plant has been operating without a permit from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). The GFII also violated Rule 27.1 of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 which states that discharge permit must be secured for operating facilities that discharge regulated water pollutants.