A senator is worried that substandard LPG cylinders may have illegally entered the country and are now inside the homes of many Filipino families.
Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1188 or the proposed Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Act, which seeks to streamline existing laws and regulations overseeing the domestic LPG industry.
The proposed measure aims to govern the entire LPG industry as Gatchalian sounded the alarm over the proliferation of substandard LPG cylinders that endangers the lives of Filipino consumers.
“The LPG industry has not been adversely affected by the quarantine measures since LPG remains a staple in the kitchens of many Filipino families who are forced to stay home and cook their own meals,” Gatchalian said.
He said there are about 8 million households that use LPG everyday activity, such as cooking, lighting and heating water, based on the Family Income and Expenditure Survey in 2015.
According to the 2010 Survey of Energy Consumption of Establishments, there are over 144,065 business establishments that are using LPG.
Gatchalian said he fears that substandard LPG cylinders may have illegally entered in the country and are now inside the homes of many Filipino families.
He urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to monitor and ensure that LPG cylinders and canisters inside the homes of every family are safe.
“We are delivering LPGs to the homes of the people through those cylinders which are highly regulated items, regulated by the DTI through standards and inspection. As we all know, there are illegal and generic canisters na nakapasok at pumapasok sa bansa and these are now in the homes of our constituents,” Gatchalian said.
“My point here is that we have flammable material inside a canister that is unregulated because it didn’t go through any government regulation and now it’s in the homes of our constituents. Our poor constituents will not have the means to recover if there are accidents due to these unregulated cylinders and canisters,” he added.
Gatchalian cited that there were 1,139 fires caused by LPG explosions from defective cylinders, ancillary equipment and leaks from 2010 to April 2020.
The bill also seeks to strengthen various regulations that the government has issued on importation, refining, refilling, transportation, conveyance, distribution, and marketing of LPG, and the manufacturing, re-qualifying, exchanging, and swapping of LPG pressure vessels.
“LPG is a highly-flammable commodity and that the industry should ensure safety for all consumers,” Gatchalian said.