President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill into law that regulates the domestic LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) industry for consumers to be protected against malpractice. Republic Act No. 11592 is known as the LPG Industry Regulation Act.
RA 11592 sets the best practices and conduct for domestic industry players. It also led to the cylinder exchange and swapping program being institutionalized.
Both the DOE and DTI need to have the new law’s IRR within two months of its effectivity. It happens 15 days after publication in at least two general circulation newspapers or the Official Gazette.
Now, consumers can buy any LPG cylinder brand they want. LPG is used by four in 10 Filipino households for a number of things like cooking, heating, and lighting every day. In some cases, it’s also used as motor vehicle fuel.
An LPG Cylinder Improvement Program has also been established. With it, cylinders that are unsafe will be taken out of circulation immediately. Their replacements will be brand-new. This is in an effort to cut down on explosions and fires that are LPG-related.
Implementation of the new law falls primarily under the Department of Energy (DOE). The body will regulate, supervise, and monitor not just LPG industry participants (LIP), but the whole industry.
That means bulk suppliers, refillers, and even bulk consumers must get the DOE to issue them registration and licenses to operate. LIP needs to be registered with the DOE before any refilling plants or LPG terminals can be constructed.
Penalties for prohibited acts are also in place thanks to the new law.
Violators can face fines anywhere between P5,000 to P20,000 for each day they’re operating without a certificate of registration, necessary licenses, and even permits.