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Para iwas sunog! Mayor Sara beefs up op vs sellers of butane gas canisters

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered an intensified operation against sellers of butane gas canisters in public market and sari-sari stores.

Business Bureau chief Marissa Marasigan-Torentera said that the city is in close coordination with the Department of Energy and the security forces in the intensive operations against those violating Executive Order no. 25, series of 2017.

The EO mandates the creation of a multi-agency task force to properly regulate and ensure safe practices by persons and entities handling and/or engaging in businesses involving flammable and dangerous chemicals and other hazardous and toxic substances.

“We regularly conduct operations against those who continually sell refilled butane canisters. If we caught the selling one, we immediately give them a warning,” Torentera said.

She said that those who would continue to violate the law would face revocation of business permits.

Torentera explained that refilling a butane canister is hazardous and dangerous to the public since the canister was designed for one time use only.

“Those refilled canisters contain Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), which requires a thicker container for safety. These butane canisters are only made for one time use only,” she said.

Refilled canisters with LPG are prone to fire since it is much thinner than the usual container of LPG, the official added.