EASTERN Petroleum Corp. has partnered with online merchant portal BeamAndGo.com to market the oil firm’s EC Gas LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) abroad.
Under the partnership, EC Gas will be part of BeamAndGo.com’s growing online merchandise and accessible to its close to 75,000 registered users, mostly overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
BeamAndGo.com users can now avail themselves of EC Gas LPG from the former’s online catalogue and send it to their families in the Philippines on the same day the purchase is made.
“This partnership virtually extends our reach in making EC Gas LPG accessible to more Filipinos both here and abroad, thus, converting them to safer homes with safer kitchens,” said Jose Carlos Martinez, EC Gas division manager. Payment options include MasterCard and Visa credit card and debit cards, PayPal and online banking, among others.
With the partnership, Eastern Petroleum hopes to sell an additional 20,000 EC Gas LPG units every year on top of the existing 40,000 users in the Philippines.
“They will help market our products abroad. It’s a big untapped market for EC Gas. There are about 11 million OFWs and we expect at least 20,000 new units on a yearly basis. Those 20,000 new units are worth P100 million of additional sales,” Martinez said.
Jonathan Chua, BeamAndGo.com CEO, said this is a better way for people to support their loved ones in the Philippines other than just sending cash. He said his company provides an alternative remittance service for the Philippines where overseas and local Filipinos can support their families with digital gift certificates for their basic needs, such as food, supplies, medicine, health care, insurance, among others. These can be redeemed at any of BeamAndGo.com participating merchants.
“Our goal is to enable our close to 75,000 users to remit with a purpose in a way that is affordable, convenient and sustainable,” Chua said.
Martinez said EC Gas users are able to save by 30 percent to 40 percent their monthly LPG consumption. Some, he added, took them more than two months to empty their tanks.
Eastern Petroleum’s EC Gas is designed based on the latest composite cylinder technology that uses seamless polymer, fiberglass construction and molded higher-density polyethylene casing. It also comes with specially designed regulators that are built for efficiency and safety.
Martinez said this technology makes EC Gas cylinder explosion proof even in direct exposure to fire, 70-percent lighter than steel tanks, and translucent that makes LPG content visible to its users.
There are nine million composite cylinders being used by LPG producers and distributors around the globe. Martinez said the company takes pride in being the first Philippine oil company to pioneer in introducing the use of composite cylinders in the country.
“There is growing consumer awareness of the perils of using conventional steel LPG cylinders that are prone to explosion due to tank pilferage. But now consumers are assured of safe homes with safer kitchens with Eastern Petroluem’s EC Gas LPG,” Martinez said.