Duterte signs law regulating LPG industry

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) – Regulation of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry in the country has been formalized by the national government.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11592, or the LPG Industry Regulation Act, on Oct. 14, which aims to curb the illegal trade in low-quality LPG cylinders.

Under the law released Monday, the Department of Energy (DOE) will be tasked as the lead agency to ensure the quality and safety standards of LPG systems and cylinders used by businesses, businesses and consumers.

The law requires the DOE to establish guidelines for an LPG cylinder exchange and swap program, which must include how the depreciated value of an LPG cylinder is calculated and the establishment of accredited exchange centers.

The department is tasked with issuing an appropriate order to immediately confiscate and prohibit the public sale of defective and unsafe LPG cylinders or cartridges.

The new law also prohibits the refilling of an LPG cartridge and the sale of non-LPG containers.

The law also outlined the responsibilities and safety protocols of participants in the LPG industry such as bulk suppliers, wholesalers, carriers, refillers, brand owners, distributors and retail outlets. All of these industry players must be listed in a central database created by the DOE.

Vehicles intended to transport LPG and its cylinders and cartridges, as well as cars using auto-LPG, are required by law to be registered with the Land Transportation Office.

Prohibited acts listed in the newly signed law include engaging in activities related to the LPG industry without the necessary licenses, certificates and permits; Manufacturing, selling, manufacturing or refilling filled and unfilled LPG cylinders without the express permission of the trademark owner; Creating fake LPG seals; and sale or distribution of refilled LPG cartridges and cylinders without a seal or tampered with seal.

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that four out of ten Filipino households use LPG, particularly in daily food cooking. LPG is also used as a fuel for some vehicles and in commercial and industrial applications.

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