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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Butane refills owner to face rap

FOR reportedly failing to secure a business permit, the owner of a butane refilling station in Barangay Kinasang-an, Cebu City will face administrative complaints before the Department of Energy (DOE).

Inspectors from the DOE 7 recommended to their legal department the filing of administrative complaints against butane refilling station owner Ana Pelenia.

In an executive session with the Cebu City Council yesterday, Saul Rodriquez, chief of the DOE 7 Energy Industry Management Division, said that Pelenia did not have a business permit and standard compliance certificate to operate her business.

Earlier this month, a butane explosion happened in Pelenia’s place that injured eight of his workers.

“We will file a case pero dili ta ka file og criminal case kay wala ta’y ebidensya, administrative lang (but we cannot file a criminal case because we don’t have the evidence. We can only file an administrative case),” Rodriquez said.

Rodriguez said that the DOE cannot start confiscating refilled butane canisters because their regional office has no facility that can store the confiscated items.

The recommendation to file charges against Pelenia has been submitted to DOE 7 Director Antonio Labios.

During the executive session, Cebu City Fire Marshal Rogelio Bongabong Jr. also discussed the reasons for the explosion at Pelenia’s house.

Bongabong said that his office confirmed Pelenia’s operation of refilling butane canisters with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

“We found out that it is a residential area. Her business is inside a subdivision and no such business should be allowed there,” he said.

But while it was found out that the gas inside a butane canister caused the explosion in Kinasang-an, Bongabong said, there are not fire incidents that were recorded due to butane.

Also present during the executive session were members of Cebu LPG Budget Gas Industry Players’ Association, represented by their legal counsel, Atty. Benjamin Militar.

Militar said that the DOE Department Circular 2014-01-0001 did not necessarily prohibit the sale of butane and mostly focused on regulating the LPG industry.

The group earlier asked the authorities to come up with standards that will regulate their refilling business station.

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