Sale of ‘bottled gasoline’ in brgys illegal — BFP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:56

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has urged the barangay officials to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of “bottled gasoline” in their respective areas.

Chief Insp. Clint Cha, local fire marshal, made the call following observations that the sale of gasoline in bottles is rampant in the barangays in this city.

Cha is tapping the assistance of the barangay officials since the BFP do not have the authority to prevent the sale and confiscate the gasoline in bottles being sold in the barangays.

Cha said it is the Department of Energy (DOE) that has regulatory control over flammable substances such as gasoline.

Cha said it is hazardous to sell gasoline in bottles since it is highly combustible liquid and may cause fire by mere spark or “if there is an open flame.”

He said the sale of gasoline in bottles is definitely illegal since the Office of the City Mayor don’t issue permit to such kind of business.

“It is also prohibited under the fire code,” he added.

The reason why the business of bottled gasoline flourish in the barangays it is because they are far from gasoline station.

The main customers of bottled gasoline sellers are drivers of motorcycles for hire locally known as “habal-habal.” — RGAAG