THE Philippine Eco-Gas Producer Cooperative (PEPC) has started selling an inexpensive aluminum canister filled with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Fe Potestas, a member of the PEPC board of directors, said their product had been checked and approved by the Department of Energy (DOE) before they started putting it out in the market. The firm’s product is the legal alternative to the illegal butane canisters filled with LPG.
PEPC started selling the stainless canister in November 2019.
PEPC was the first firm allowed by the DOE to sell LPG-filled canisters in the market.
Potestas said PEPC introduced the aluminum canister as it is much cheaper than its stainless steel canister that is also available in the market.
She said a stainless steel canister is priced at P250, while the aluminum canister is at P65. A refill to 170-gram and 200-gram canisters is worth P20 and P22, respectively.
Potestas said the canisters can be bought at more than 200 outlets in Cebu, and in Dumaguete City and Sibulan town in Negros Oriental.
PEPC sourced its stainless steel canisters from Vietnam, while it got its supply of aluminum canisters from China. As of December, PEPC has already put out 500,000 stainless steel canisters and 200,000 aluminum canisters in the market.
Potestas said PEPC aims to help the public to avoid fire incidents by encouraging them avoid single-use butane canisters.
PEPC’s partner Phoenix, an oil company, refills the canisters. (HBL, KAL)