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Bernie M. Bolisay

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LPG Refillers Association


Liquefied Petroleum Gas Refillers' Association



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The constitution stipulates that the House, like the Senate, must have at least half their members present, a quorum, to pass any bill," LPGRA president Bernie M. Bolisay said.

He said those behind the alleged railroading were allies of big oil companies who stand to gain if the measure is passed into law.
According to Bolisay, consumers would be forced to bear additional costs as a result of the proposal to confiscate their old LPG cylinders.
"This was done to impose the will of 'pro-big oil firms' minority on the objecting majority. Since no quorum was present, the approval on second reading of the proposed legislation was not valid," he said.
Bolisay insisted the bill is defective since it does not provide safety nets or subsidy for the confiscation and impounding of substandard and dilapidated LPG cylinders owned mostly by the poor and marginalized sector, which makes the measure is "anti-consumer."
"There is a great lobby for the passage of the bill," he said.

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So Bernie Bolisay, president of the LPG Refillers Association, pointed out the obvious, "There is no hoarding by refillers, for the simple reason that there is nothing to hoard. Dealers are also queueing."

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According to Bernie Bolisay, LPGRA president, the bill defeats the purpose of the oil deregulation law even as he maintained that the measure is anti-consumer.

"The proposed measure only allows the oil majors to continue to dominate and control and LPG market," Bolisay said.
Bolisay noted that the bill does not provide for safety nets and subsidy for the confiscation and impounding of substandard and dilapidated cylinders owned mostly by the poor and marginalized sector.
He said the affected LPG owners will be forced to purchase a brand new LPG tank at a cost of P1,500 each, with an aggregate cost of P9 billion. The six million cylinders to be confiscated represent 50 percent of the 12 million in circulation in the market.
According to Bolisay, the eventual confiscation of these cylinders would result in the deprivation of six million household consumers because of shortage of LPG tanks.
"Aside from being left without LPG cylinders for cooking, those cylinders which they have purchased and now belong to them may no longer be refilled and exchanged for filled cylinders," he added.
Interestingly, Bolisay said the proposed measure -- which is now up for second reading in the House of Representatives after having been approved by the Committees on Trade and Industry and on Energy -- adopts the position of big oil firms.
Bolisay said such requirement in the proposed measure "is impractical and uneconomical, to say the least" and a violation of the oil deregulation law that promotes free trade.

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The group, headed by its president Bernie Bolisay, maintained the passage of the bill would have adverse effects on the refillers. Bolisay said the bill would lead to the monopoly in the LPG industry. The LPGRA said it is against the passage of the proposed law. Bolisay said the bill would "kill" the business of independent refillers who are catering to the millions of poor households. "It is anti-poor," Bolisay said, referring to the bill that is being pushed by Ty. The May 31 explosion at Two Serendra killed three persons and seriously injured a tenant. "We should not wait for more people to be killed or harmed in LPG-related disasters," Ty said even as he pushed the passage of the bill. "It has become absolutely imperative for Congress to finally pass the proposed Act Establishing the Regulatory Framework for the Conduct of Business and the Safe Operations of the LPG Industry," he said.

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But Bernie Bolisay, president of LPG Refillers Association, said the committee should not just rely on the 17,000 to 22,000 metric tons supply figures from Liquigaz, saying the country needs at least 100,000 metric tons monthly to ensure that there will be no shortage of LPG.

"Everybody heard Liquigaz saying there is a coming shipment of 17,000 metric tons for the month of February. For the information of everybody, our monthly requirement based on the 2008 LPG requirement is something like 66,927 metric tons per month.
That was based on 2008, if we will add on the 50% surge based on the January and February sales, we need something like 100,000," said Bolisay.
Bolisay admitted that the Metro Manila LPG supply has normalized but stressed that Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, San Fernando City, Baguio City and Ilocos region are still facing the scarcity of the supply of cooking gas.
"We are only hearing Liquigaz with 17,000 metric tons coming in, either today or tomorrow, what about the others? Let's talk about exact figures instead of looking at graphs and written explanations considering not all of us present here are familiar with the use of graphs," he added.

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