Bukidnon board OKs IRR to regulate butane sale  

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/January 31) The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Bukidnon has passed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the provincial ordinance regulating the sale and distribution of butane in tin metal butane canisters.

The SP presided by vice Governor Alex Calingasan approved the said measure on third and final reading during its regular session on January 30, six months after the ordinance was approved on July 18.

The said ordinance, sponsored by 4th district board member Gino Armstrong Garcia, cited that the Department of Energy has constantly warned the general public of the danger of using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)-refilled canisters for household consumption due to some reported cases of explosions caused by refilled canisters.

The DOE emphasized that these butane canisters are not intended and designed to be refilled, as quoted in the ordinance.

The IRR has prohibited any person, sari-sari store, entity and manufacturer to sell or distribute butane canisters. It also prohibits backyard refilling or gas stations offering to refill sub-standard butane canisters.

According to the IRR, any violator of the ordinance will be penalized by a fine or imprisonment based on the number of committed offense.

The owner, manager, or any responsible person who “knowingly and willfully” refills sub-standard tin metal butane canister shall also be liable for a fine or imprisonment at the discretion of the court. The government will impose a month suspension of business permit to establishments who violate on first offense and revocation or business permit once the same violation will be committed again.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the town or cities where activities of selling and refilling of butane canisters is carried out is required to conduct a quarterly inspection in every store, establishment, entity or manufacturer engaged in selling and refilling of butane canisters.

The approved IRR will be forwarded to the Office of the Governor for approval. (Mel B. Madera)