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DOE issues a warning about harsher sanctions for illicit LPG vendors.

According to Republic Act 11592, also known as the LPG Industry Regulation Act, people who sell liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) unlawfully face harsher penalties, the Department of Energy said on Wednesday.

Based on prior issuances, continuous monitoring, and inspections, Rey Maleza, chief of the DOE Visayas Field Office Energy Industry Management Division, said that unlicensed LPG merchants continue to proliferate in Western Visayas.

They are known as fly-by-nights. The two-day LPG Summit is being hosted in a hotel in this city from May 24 to 25, and he stated in an interview on the sidelines of the event that they don’t even have a fire safety inspection certificate.

He claimed they frequently sell LPG alongside other goods or even within their homes or developments.

“We’d like to eliminate that since it poses a fire risk. LPG is an unusual product. There is a potential that if the cylinder is malfunctioning, it might lead to loss of life or property, so bringing this home is like bringing a time bomb, he continued.

According to RA 11592, as opposed to the former fixed amount of PHP60,000, anyone found selling without a license will now be subject to a penalty of PHP5,000 per day of operation on the first offense.

Retailers that violate the rules and regulations on measurement devices, LPG, safety design, and safety practices will be fined PHP300,000 from the previous warning on the first offense and PHP10,000 on subsequent offenses.

He noted that the additional fines were done to better protect the final customers.

Maleza clarified that the new law’s goal was to guarantee that business owners adhere to rules.

He urged customers to avoid buying from unregistered dealers because it is likely that they are also selling illegal goods.

The LPG regional summit, according to LPG Marketers Association Party-list Rep. Arnel Ty, is intended to inform consumers, business owners, and partner governmental organizations about the new LPG law and to implore them to follow its regulations.

There have been two summits in Visayas and six in Luzon. Next month, summits will also take place in Mindanao.

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