DOE and PNP heighten monitoring of LPG facilities

DOE, PNP heighten monitoring of LPG facilities

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have teamed up to inspect and to look into possible criminal violations of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facilities.

Both entities signed a memorandum of agreement to enforce stricter implementation of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Industry Regulation Act (LIRA) through the creation of Oplan LIRA. Republic Act No. 11592 or the LIRA law establishes the regulatory framework for the safe operations of the LPG industry.

The PNP, through its Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), will assist the DOE in inspecting facilities, including retailers, refillers and motor vehicles involved in the transportation of LPG in bulk or LPG cylinders and cartridges.


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It will also look into potential criminal violations under the LIRA upon receiving a report or through its initiative, such as conducting surveillance, entrapment, filing search warrant applications and initiating criminal actions against violators.

“Recognizing the significant risk to both life and property, the government acknowledges the urgent need to ensure that all activities involving the commerce of LPG meet the highest quality and safety standards,” Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla said.

“Hence, strict monitoring and enforcement is paramount to mitigate risks associated with LPG operations and promote responsible and sustainable practices within the industry,” he said.

Data provided by the Energy department showed it issued a license to operate to around 15,000 business establishments in the trade of LPG as of end-2023.

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