DOE holds training petro products retail in Iloilo

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

ILOILO CITY, July 16 –- The Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday conducted a seminar-training here on retailing liquid petroleum business to ensure safety and protect the interest of the public.

The one-day seminar-training was participated by representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as well as local government units (LGUs).

DOE director for the Visayas Antonio Labios said the seminar was aimed at familiarizing the participants with the rules and regulations on retail of liquid petroleum such as diesel and gasoline.

“We want to empower local government units (LGUs) to regulate business centers and establishment that are into retailing in order to protect the interest of the public as to the quantity and quality of dispensed fuel products and safety,” he said.

Since the DOE has no regional office in Western Visayas, complaints of under dispensing can be brought to the LGU for an immediate response, Labios said.

During the seminar, the DOE also donated a one unit 10-liter calibrating bucket that will be used by the city government when it performs the required calibration of gasoline station pumps in the city.

As a requirement gasoline stations are supposed to calibrate daily and they have to record it in a log book to ensure that they dispense correctly, he said.

Gasoline stations that will be found violating the required calibration will be fined P10,000 per pump, he added.

To date, the DOE has already visited major cities in the Visayas to bring the advocacy down to local government units.(PNA)

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