10 LPG busts in March seize more than 80 illegally-refilled tanks

Operatives conduct a raid in Pasig City recently to seize illegally-refilled LPG tanks reportedly being sold to the public. Illegally-refilled tanks do not ensure quality and safety and may lead to house fires or injuries. (Contributed photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, April 22 (PIA) -- Amid the heightened measures for Fire Prevention Month last March, some 10 liquified petroleum gas (LPG) bust operations by the authorities managed to confiscate 85 illegally-refilled LPG tanks amounting close to P200,000 all over greater Metro Manila, Batangas, and Laguna.

Half of the operations were held in Metro Manila from March 11 to 27, busting a total of 46 illegally-marketed Solane cylinders and a marked 1,000-peso bill from each location.

In Central Signal, Taguig City, authorities reportedly captured six tanks and a transaction receipt of P650 from suspects Shanlord Aquino y Pablo and Rolly Domingo y Garcia. This was followed by two separate LPG raids in Brgy. San Jose in Antipolo, Rizal, which busted 10 tanks – six of which were allegedly from suspect Justine Bucog y Bandoy and four from suspect Wilhan Barroga y Puno.

The last two legs of the Metro Manila bust were conducted in Pasig, confiscating a total of 30 illegally-refilled Solane LPG tanks.

Some 24 tanks were reportedly seized from suspect Aileen Abacano y Malayo in Brgy. Pineda while six tanks were allegedly captured from suspect Junifer Laure y Caligang from Evangelista Street in Santolan. A delivery receipt was also found in each of the Pasig raids.

Regional authorities from Batangas and Laguna additionally busted 39 illegally-refilled Solane cylinders in five separate bust operations from March 25 to 26.

Fourteen cylinders were reportedly seized from Monte Claro Subdivision, Barangay Sabang, Lipa and Barangay Banjo East, Tanauan, Batangas – 10 from suspect Lorena Barreda y Claro and six from Emmanuelita Garcia y Villanueva. 

While, 25 illegally-refilled Solane LPG tanks were confiscated in Laguna, 14 of which were allegedly busted from suspects Herminia Latay y Manaig and Warren Guevarra y Tipan in Barangay Perez, Calauan, Laguna along with two marked 1,000-peso bills and two receipts of sale with an estimated worth of P15,000.

In Los BaƱos, four illegal Solane LPGs were reportedly seized from Ferdinand Pesayco y Bartolazo in Brgy. Mayondon while seven cylinders were captured from suspect Genna German y Maas in Barangay Anos.

Solane calls for safety in homes

Along with the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP)’s fire prevention efforts, one of the country’s most trusted LPG brands Solane is joining the government and other LPG players in taking down malicious sources of dangerous, substandard LPGs.

While at it, Solane is actively encouraging consumers to keep an eye out for their daily kitchen fuel. The company is reiterating for the public to verify their LPGs to protect their families and households.

Only LPGs sold in authorized retailers like #VerifiedSolane products are guaranteed genuine, safe, and top quality. #VerifiedSolane tanks carry the important markings that certify their registration, the specific standards used, the date the cylinder was tested, as well as the tare weight in kilograms which is around 13 to 15 kilos for AS or de salpak and 11.5-14 kilos for POL or de roskas. 

Solane also takes extra precaution in ensuring safer homes for Filipinos through its Timbang Challenge and 7-point safety check that comes with every #VerifiedSolane purchase, delivered to consumers by their trusted riders, nationwide.  

With the fear of the resurge in COVID cases keeping people in their homes, the safety of every household again falls heavy on being vigilant against potential risks indoors. Beyond bigger preventive steps at home, a simple act of verifying LPG tanks could go a long way in staying safe during an ongoing pandemic. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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