EL NIDO, Palawan — The Municipal Fire Office (MFO) here will start cracking down on the illegal peddlers of “bote-bote” gas and fuel because of the dangers they pose to lives and properties.
Senior Fire Officer 4 Rico Pagmanoja said this is because of the observed rampant proliferation of illegal sale of liquid fuels such as gasoline and diesel in “bote-bote”.
He said the peddling of liquid fuels in soda bottles and similar portable containers are strictly prohibited under the law, stressing that improper handling can lead to accidental fire occurrences.
“Medyo marami-rami na rin ‘yan sila dito ang gumagawa ng ganyan, pero iniisip natin ‘yong kapakanan nila kung saan napaka-risky sa part nila dahil hindi nila alam kung saan nanggagaling ang mga stocks nna yan,” he said.
“Ang regular na presyo ng gas o krudo ay naglalaro lamang sa P63-P65, samantalang ang nagtitinda sa kanto-kanto ay nasa P58-P60 lang,” Pagmanoja added.
Pagmanoja said they have also received a directive from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the province, requiring them to act now to stop the rampant selling as part of fire prevention in El Nido.
A meeting for the sellers, he said, has already been called on February 13 to explain the situation and the implementation of the ban on selling “bote-bote” gas and fuel.
“Nagpatawag na rin kami ng isang pagpupulong sa darating na Pebrero 13 sa lahat ng mga nagtitinda nito upang mabigyan sila ng awareness at ma-regulate na natin ito. Napaka-risky talaga sa kanila nito at mismo sa mga motorista na hindi rin alam kung ano at saan nanggagaling ang kanilang binibiling gas o krudo, sana maiintidihan nila tayo,” he said.
Aside from El Nido, the ban will also be implemented in four other towns in Palawan.
Pagmanoja added that his office has already informed the office of El Nido mayor Edna Gacot-Lim regarding the matter.