DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) here cracked down again on the use of liquefied petroleum gas- refilled canisters and confiscated a total of 6, 907 LPG-in various public markets within the second quarter of the year.
Nilo Gerochem, chief of the Energy Industry Management Division of the DOE XI, said their latest operation took place at the Panacan Public Market where 3,419 tin canisters illegally refilled with LPG were taken into the task force’s custody.
Some 199 liters of gasoline in ‘bote-bote’ were likewise seized by the DOE in Upper Malagamot Residence.
Garoche said that the DOE allows only wielded stainless, steel and alumni canisters to serve as refilling containers for LPG and urged the public to stop patronizing prohibited methods since these provide greater risks for fires especially among boarders who are often not home.
The DOE has disapproved of the use of the tin canisters, a practice common among provincial and far-flung areas .
Garoche calls for the attention of Local Government Units (LGUs) to report such activities to the DOE and take initiative in assuring that policies for energy production, distribution and use are being followed.
Meanwhile, the DOE said the liquefied petroleum products posted higher rates during the series of price increases than with the rollback prices.
According to the second quarter historical report of DOE, products such as Blaze, Unleaded/Vortex-S, Super-P/XCS/Vortex-G, Regular, Diesel, Kerosene, and V-Power/Turbo Ado have averagely increased by P16.00 since January while its sum rollback only amounted to P8.00.(davaotoday.com)