LPGRA president Bernie Bolisay denounced the proposed measure, which is now at second reading at the House of Representatives, as "anti-consumer" as it allows the government to confiscate some six million supposedly dilapidated and substandard LPG cylinders.
said this would result in the shortage of LPG cylinders and the possible manipulation by major oil companies.
said the proposed measure adopts the position of big oil firms.
"The proposed measure only allows the oil majors to continue to dominate and control LPG market," said Bolisay
, adding that monopoly always hurts the end-user -- the consumer.
If House Bill 5052 is passed, the purpose of which is to perpetuate the monopoly of major oil companies, Bolisay
said consumers would be then denied their rights to choose cheaper and quality LPG, which would then result to incessant increases in the prices of LPG.
also noted that the bill does not provide safety nets and subsidy for the confiscation and impounding of substandard and dilapidated cylinders owned mostly by the poor and marginalized sector.
stressed, however, that the LPGRA
is not opposed to re-qualification of LPG cylinders.
But this should be done gradually so that consumers would not be affected by the sudden increase of LPG prices.
"Kung mamadaliin ang pagpapalit ng tangke, tanging ang malalaking kumpanya lamang ang may kakayahang makagawa nito na magbibigay daan upang mamatay ang maliliit na dealers at refillers," 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.