November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

4,000 butane canisters confiscated in Davao City

A MULTI-AGENCY task force confiscated 4,000 butane canisters in June alone as the Davao City government steps up efforts to put a stop to the sale of such containers. A Department of Energy circular prohibits the “refilling of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) in tin canister or cartridge not designed for LPG.” “Butane canister is for one-time use and cannot be refilled as it is prohibited,” Business Bureau Chief Marissa M. Torrentera said in an interview. “It may be cheap at only P20-P25 per canister,” she added, “but we do not know the hazard it presents.” Ms. Torrentera said there are no known butane refilling businesses in the city, but the tin cans continue to be sold as there are reportedly refilling stations in nearby areas. -- Carmencita A. Carillo