Duterte signs law regulating the LPG industry

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

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

Under the law released on Monday, the Department of Energy (DOE) is the lead agency in ensuring the quality and safety standards of LPG systems and bottles used by businesses, businesses and consumers.

The law requires the DOE to set guidelines for an LPG cylinder swap and swap program that must include the calculation of the depreciation of an LPG bottle and the establishment of accredited exchange centers.

The department has the task of issuing a corresponding order for the immediate seizure and prohibition of the public sale of defective and unsafe liquid gas bottles or cartridges.

The new law also prohibits anyone from refilling an LPG cartridge and selling such containers that are not intended for LPG.

The law also outlined the responsibilities and safety protocols of participants in the LPG industry, such as: All of these industry players must be listed in a central database to be created by the DOE.

Vehicles designed to transport liquefied petroleum gas and their cylinders and cartridges, as well as cars using auto LPG, must be registered with the Land Transportation Office in accordance with the law.

Prohibited acts enumerated in the newly signed law include activities related to the LPG industry without the required licenses, certificates and permits; Manufacture, sale, manufacture or refilling of filled and unfilled liquid gas cylinders without the express consent of the trademark owner; Manufacture of counterfeit LPG seals; and sale or distribution of refilled LPG cartridges and cylinders without seals or tampered seals.

The Philippine Bureau of Statistics reported that four in ten Philippine households use LPG, particularly when cooking food on a daily basis. LPG is also used as a fuel for some vehicles and in commercial operations and industries.

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