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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 28 (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) in their recent visit here in the province urged the local government units through the city/municipal treasurers to train technicians who will be responsible in calibrating gas dispensing pumps and LPG cylinders.

In a coordination meeting held by the DOE officials with the coordinating members such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police; and local government unit representatives, particularly the local treasurers were encouraged to help and assist their department in monitoring local oil industries such as the gasoline stations and LPG retailers.

“Dispensing pumps and LPG cylinders must be properly calibrated and after calibration it must be sealed to avoid illegal activities,” DOE Engr. Jose Ray Maleza in his message said during the meeting held at Maasin Country Lodge.

DOE’s mandate is to regularly monitor all downstream oil industry players to the compliance of quantity and quality standards petroleum products sold in the market, Maleza said, adding that the DOE in Visayas region is based in Cebu and with only little manpower, “maybe four years from now will be our next visit in this province.”

Illegal activities in retailing business such as LPG  are scrapped and dilapidated cylinders,  underrefilling, rusty tank, to name some, Maleza said. “An LPG tank has a net weight of 11.0 kilograms and gross weight of  23.0 kg., already refilled. “

A gas dispensing pump needs to be calibrated as often as necessary and after calibration it should be sealed immediately by an authorized calibrating entity or authorized technician, Maleza added. Calibration shall be performed to correct any deviation from the appropriate delivered quantity as measured by a calibrating bucket certified and sealed by the authorized entity.

The DOE’s project goals include consumer protection,  promote safety, form trade policies and close coordination with the partner agencies.

The DOE has scheduled to monitor and inspect local oil industries in the province, though they did not mentioned the exact date as to when. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)