Friday, July 18, 2008


One of the more distinct and distinguishing traits of the Filipinos is their creativity or ingenuity especially in times of difficult socio-economic realities precisely like these days when fuel continues to soar in prices – aside from polluting the air, and wherefore allegedly even causing global warming. This is why in these days, more and more experiments are made as more and more findings are found in conjunction with cheaper fuel and also with lesser destructive fumes. On this note is how the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has entered the area of transportation – not only that of kitchen.

Whether it is true or not that there is someone big in the national scenery with big conspirators poised to make big money for selling the big idea of LPG for fuel, the fact stands that more and more vehicles are undergoing conversion from gasoline and diesel consumption to LPG use. With the required motor conversion, it has become evident that LPG is a cheaper fuel, prompting motorists to save money, drivers of public utility vehicles to earn more, and the air to become less polluted.

There is something not only dangerous but also rather sinister that experts in the nature and use of LPG should look into carefully and attentively. Together with their technical skill and scientific ability, the experts have to likewise carefully and attentively talk to drivers, especially of buses and taxis, in order to assiduously and intently listen to their experience with the use LPG as fuel.

There seem to be the following rightful conclusions:

First, that LPG is an acceptable fuel for open vehicles such as trucks and jeepneys, boats and tricycles, and other open vehicles, i.e., where air goes in and out.

Second, that LPG is quite threatening for any and all closed transport vehicles like air-conditioned taxis, buses, cars, i.e., where air is basically kept in for cooling purposes.

Finally, that an honest to goodness research should be done in this matter of sickness or death for the drivers concerned--
lest LPG unnecessarily acquire a bad name when it appears to be a viable and much cheaper alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel.

If concerned government agencies will not undertake such imperative research for reasons of their own, then relevant and competent private enterprises should do it. In the case of air-conditioned vehicles especially when they already having aging engines, the danger is not only to their drivers but also to their passengers.

Let those who have ears, listen! As often said, it is better to be safe than sorry!

July 18, 2008