A huge fuel turnover in Metro Manila is the dangerous trading of fuel through various types of containers.
It is not unique to the Philippines and is to be found in most countries in the world in varying degrees of use. In the most developed fuel retail markets in the world, you will see consumers whose motor vehicle has run out of fuel going to the nearest service station and using plastic containers to refuel.
However when you have a large informal fuel market known trading fuel and known locally as 'bote bote' (see photo) the health and safety issues are apparent. Metro Manila, with a population close to 13 million, like many of the emerging cities in the developing world have unique traffic problems and modes of transport. Three wheel motorised vehicles are part of the transport mix and play a special role in the daily economic life of these cities. The Philippine Dept of Energy is making efforts to find solutions to address the safety and health issues.