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City mulls policies in ensuring LPG consumer’s safety, welfare
by Julie G. Fianza / PIO

To protect consumers, ensure general welfare and establish safety standards in the trade of liquefied petroleum gas, an LPG consumer safety code has been submitted for approval at the city council.

“Some fly-by-night dealers and retailers were observed to ply their trade in the barangays may not have undergone stringent processes during refining, storing, refilling, or even distribution or delivery, thus consumers are not ensured as to safety, quality and content of these products,” author Vice Mayor Edison Bilog said.

The proposal, which has been referred to a committee, seeks to impose a licensing and accreditation system on LPG refillers, distributors, or sales persons. The license would come from the Department of Energy, certificate of accreditation from the Department of Trade and Industry and business permit from the local government of Baguio.

As proposed, these certificates have to be displayed within the establishment’s office.

LPG refilling should not be done for defaced, tampered or illegibly marked cylinders; is due for repair, for scrappage, is subject for recall, without using prescribed equipment in a properly designed refilling plant; or directly from LPG tank trucks without approved filling machines, the measure stated.

Filling cylinders with products or with substances other than LPG to achieve correct net weight is also prohibited.

Specifications such as exact contents of the cylinder should be printed in clear readable type on every cylinder, and all LPG dealers should be equipped with weighing devices or test gauges for customers’ verification.

Non-compliance would deem any refiner, importer, refiller, dealer or retail outlet a penalty of P2,500 for the first offense and P5,000 with cancellation of business permit; if caught by the task force assigned for the purpose.

Sale and distribution, and manufacture of substandard LPG cylinders, or those with wrong or misleading information stamped on the cylinder, or knowingly selling of illegally-filled or refilled LPG cylinders, are also prohibited acts.

The proposal takes under its wing, Task Force LPG created through Administrative Order 145, issued in 2006 and amended in 2007 and 2009.


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