STORES selling butane canisters filled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) may soon find police officers at their doorstep.
Supt. Julian Entoma, deputy director for operations of the Mandaue City Police Office, assured that the police will enforce the City ordinance prohibiting the manufacturing, selling and transporting of LPG-filled butane canisters.
“We will not let the effort of the City’s legislative body to go to waste,” he said in a press conference organized last Thursday by the Mandaue City Public Information Office.
The ordinance, penned by City Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, was passed last March.
Department of Energy (DOE)-Visayas Director Antonio Labios met with Lumapas yesterday to discuss the problem of widespread use of butane canisters refilled with LPG.
The product has been blamed for some of the fire incidents in Metro Cebu in recent months. Butane in canisters is used to fuel camping stoves.
Labios said butane in canisters is intended for outdoor use, and refilling its canister with LPG is dangerous. The tin canister is not suitable to LPG, he said.
Because it is cheap and convenient to use, the product has gained popularity among households in the Visayas and Mindanao, he said.
Labios said he is also coordinating with the Cebu City Council in passing measures to stop the menace brought about by the product.
Lumapas said Mandaue City may be the first local government unit in the country to pass a measure against LPG-filled butane canisters.
Entoma said he will have a copy of the ordinance distributed to all police stations in the city.
“We will apprehend sellers of this product,” he said.
The ordinance imposes a fine of P3,000 on haulers or those who transport LPG-refilled butane canisters. The products will be seized and the vehicle will be placed under the custody of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue and will only be released after the fine is paid.
Owners of commercial and community stores will also pay a fine of P3,000 for first offense and revocation of business permit for the second offense.
To counter the proliferation of the illegal industry, the DOE created a technical working group together with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bureau of Fire Protection.