Petron reminds the public of the dangers of using illegally refilled LPG cylinders especially with the ongoing holiday season.
Petron’s LPG brands, Petron Gasul and Fiesta Gas, are often replicated or illegally refilled by unauthorized LPG refillers. These do not undergo proper safety and quality checks, presenting a threat to the safety consumers.
The owners of the illegal outlets were arrested, and the products confiscated as a result of the entrapment operations.
On December 18 and 22, four separate raids were conducted in Albay, Legaspi City, Pasay and Quezon City by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG) where in a hundred fake Petron Gasul and Fiesta Gas cylinders estimated to have a value of over P200,000 were captured.
Earlier this year, a series of similar raids was also conducted as law enforcement agencies tightened their watch against illegal sources of LPG products in the market.
“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of sourcing LPG cylinders only from authorized sellers. Doing otherwise endangers the safety of the public and also shortchanges them because these cylinders are of substandard quality and often underfilled. Let this be a reminder to all households especially this holiday Season to use only authentic LPG products,” the company said.
Petron strictly follows Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) standards on wall thickness, weld integrity, and valve fitting.
To distinguish between a legitimate and a fake Petron Gasul cylinder, customers must look for a laser-printed quality seal with a unique QR-code, certifying that the cylinder has passed through rigorous safety and quality testing.
Petron also strongly advises against using LPG-filled butane canisters which is both dangerous and illegal. The company offers a safer alternative through the 2.7-kg variant of its Fiesta Gas LPG brand.