DOE warns erring LPP dealers without COC

 DUMAGUETE CITY, October 8 (PIA)– Half of the total 76 gasoline stations in Negros Oriental are found to be incomplete of requirements to operate or without any certificate of compliance (COC) says the Department of Energy (DOE).
 
In an advocacy campaign on Downstream Oil Industry held recently in Dumaguete City, DOE legal officer Atty. Angelito Agoncillo said it is required for the liquefied petroleum products (LPP) dealers to secure certificates on fire safety from the Bureau of Fire, DENR’s environmental compliance, and DOE’s compliance certificate.
While the gas stations increase in the province, the DOE called on local government units (LGUs) to help implement government’s rules and regulations in the retailing of liquid petroleum products (LPP) to ensure the safety and promote fair trade practices in the fuel industry.
However, Atty. Agoncillo said the erring dealers who have not complied with the COC are given 15 days to respond to DOE’s memorandum.
Some common practices that are punishable under the LPP retail regulations are illegal trading, hoarding, and use of pumps with broken seal, or uncalibrated and unsealed pumps.

DOE may recommend to local government the suspension and revocation of business permits of retailers found violating the LPP regulations.

In the same activity, the local treasurers and business licensing officers of various LGUs are told to encourage the legislative and executive bodies to pass a local ordinance as part of the revenue code requiring the collection of calibration fees.
Calibration fees could be a source of revenue for LGUs as several gasoline stations are sprouting, DOE official said.
The LGUs have to regularly calibrate and seal the pumps of gasoline stations to protect consumers not only from short selling but also illegal fuel price hikes.
LGUs are the primary agency mandated to calibrate every dispensing pumps in 60 days, said Agoncillo. (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
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