SP amends “Bote-bote” law

Includes regulations on sale, storage, transport of LPG


IT is illegal to sell or distribute Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-filled cylinders without seals, tampered seals, or inappropriate seals. Penalties also await those engaged in pilferage and tampering of LPG cylinders and overloading in hauling LPG cylinders or tanks, and other violations.

This, after the 19th City Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy approved the amendment of Ordinance No. 13121-2016, known as the illegal “bote-bote” retailing of Liquid Petroleum Products law.


Authored by Councilor Teodulfo E. Lao, Jr., the ordinance provides certain guidelines in the storage, handling, transfer and/or dispensing of liquefied petroleum products and declares certain practices unlawful in Cagayan de Oro. It prohibits any person from selling and retailing unsafe and sub-standard liquid petroleum products in the city using soda or plastic bottle, jugs, and other similar portable containers.


Councilor Lao filed the amendatory ordinance to include LPG, which is commonly used in households. He said it is imperative to regulate the retailing of LPG since it is one of the causes of conflagration due to improper storage and dispensing.


The amendatory ordinance also prohibits illegal possession of and/or use of unregistered and/or inappropriate LPG cylinder seals; sale of LPG in single-trip (non-refillable) container/canister previously filled with butane; and illegal storage of LPG. (SP)