LPG Marketers Association, INC. (LPGMA)
The 1998 passing of Republic Act No. 8479, also known as the “Downstream Oil Deregulation Act”, opened up opportunities for independent and small LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas — what most Filipino households use to cook) marketers to sell their products at prices lower than those of major oil companies.
The LPG Marketers Association, Inc. was thus founded so independent LPG marketers and retailers would have a venue to voice their opinions regarding issues the fuel industry faces, and to take action on said issues. The Department of Energy (DOE) has, on several occasions, conferred with the LPGMA to discuss various industry-related matters.
In 2009, a bill was passed which, if pushed into law, would close down independent and small LPG marketers, giving control of the LPG sector back to multinational oil companies. LPGMA and its allies opposed the passing of the law. As a result, Congress has adjourned without passing the bill. However, the resurrection of the law sometime in the future still remains a possibility.
Because LPG is a widely used resource for many Filipino families, LPGMA pushes for lower, more accessible prices for Filipino consumers through a freer and more open market.
LPGMA's first nominee is Arnel U. Ty, the organization's president and spokesperson. Ty has appeared on television and radio, talking about LPG's price trends and how it affects consumers. For the past three years, he has organized the LPGMA Tour of Luzon, a bikeathon which passes through several Luzon cities. He is also a resource person for LPG issues in DOE forums.
Atty. Sinforoso R. Pagunsan is the LPGMA's second nominee and legal counsel. He has a BA History degree from St. Anthony’s College, a master's degree in economics from De La Salle University and a law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was the 9th highest passer in the 1989 bar exams. He is currently studying the Proposed LPG Law, which places small independent LPG distributors under threat of elimination.
The third nominee is Salvador P. Escano, an entrepreneur who operates mainly in Mindanao and the Visayas. Escano is president of the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA). He has business administration degree from the University of the Philippines and an economics degree from Xavier University.
- List of Candidates for National Positions (Accessed 13 April 2010)
- LPGMA Nominees LPGMA website (Accessed 13 April 2010)
- About Us LPGMA website (Accessed 13 April 2010)