BULK suppliers, refillers and bulk consumers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) must now get the necessary registration and licenses from the Department of Energy (DOE) to operate.
This after President Duterte finally signed Republic Act (RA) 11592 or LPG Industry Regulation Act last Thursday.
Under the new law, LPG industry participants (LIP) must register with DOE before they could start constructing LPG terminals and refilling plants.
They will also be mandated to get a license to operate from DOE, which will remain valid for three years or for any period as may be determined by the said agency.
Those parties which will engage in the importation, requalification, manufacture, or repair of LPG pressure vessels must also obtain the applicable certificates from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
LIPs, which are already operating prior to the passage of RA 11592, are given six months from the promulgation of the said law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to comply with the requirements.
Violators of the provision of RA 11592 could be fined from P5,000 to as high as P20,000 for each day of operation without the required licenses, permits and certificate or registration, depending on the number of their offenses.
DOE and DTI are required to come out with the IRR of the new law 60 days after its effectiveness.
RA 11592 will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation.