The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing for the speedy enactment of a measure that will mandate the safe importation, storage, refilling, distribution, transportation, and use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
DOE officer-in-charge (OIC) Zenaida Monsada said they are hoping that the LPG bill will be passed by Congress before the elections next year.
Monsada said the bill has long been pending in Congress and it is about time that it should be enacted into law.
“For the longest time, we have been working on an LPG bill that protects consumers in terms of the quality and safety of energy products,” Monsada said during an LPG forum on Monday.
Monsada said that through the measure, consumers will be protected from possible harm due to illegally refilled or dilapidated LPG tanks.
“We have seen how consumers suffer from illegally refilled or dilapidated tanks and through the bill, we hope that we will avoid such incidents from happening,” she said.
At the same time, Monsada said the bill is also a way of strengthening the LPG industry and is part of the energy plan for a sustainable energy sector.
“We are now seeing LPG in different sectors in the country, in transportation and power, to name a few,” she added.
She said the concern is more on policy formulation because of the dynamism of the industry which is affected not only by the local industry but also the international markets.
“Before, it was easy to measure as the metrics were prescribed and constant but because of the recent reforms as well as experiences, we are now slowly diverting our routes to face unconventional but more practical approaches,” she said.
As the country is now economically and socially growing, Monsada said the bill should also evolve with time as it now includes composite tanks and fuel canisters.
At the same time, Monsada said the DOE is also continuously conducting information and education campaigns in different areas in the country to educate consumers, especially at the household level, about how to safely and efficiently use LPG.
“We are also constantly reminding the public to avoid buying so called LPG anti-leak devices allegedly endorsed by the DOE,” she said.
Senate Bill 2245 or the LPG Bill provides safe conditions for the LPG industry. It also ensures that substandard and potentially harmful cylinders are taken off the market through an LPG cylinder exchange and replacement program.