Cusi wants to get to the bottom of Pasig LPG plant blast

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is now closely coordinating with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) regarding the explosion of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refilling plant in Pasig City.

“Public safety is always our priority and the DOE (Department of Energy) is looking closely at this unfortunate incident which injured at least 20 people,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement Thursday, January 12.

“Our common objective with the BFP is to ensure that this does not happen again,” added Chai, who is also the Vice Chairman of ruling political faction PDP-Laban.

Initial reports said that the company involved in the incident managed to secure a Standards Compliance Certificate (SCC) and all other prerequisite requirements from the BFP and the Pasig government.

Cusi said the DOE will revoke the company’s SCC because of the incident. The firm also cannot operate until it is able to secure a new SCC after all pertinent investigations have been concluded to the DOE’s satisfaction.

“Violations of the DOE Circular on LPG Rules merit administrative sanctions on those responsible,” Cusi underscored.

LPG refilling firms are also required to comply with provisions of the Fire Code of the Philippines and local government ordinances, if any, with regards to operational safety.