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DOE holds spot inspection of gas stations



Amid the soaring oil prices in the global market, the Department of Energy conducted on Thursday quality and quantity spot inspections in gas stations in Metro Manila.

With instructions from Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) carried out the inspections, led by Retail Market Monitoring and Special Concerns Division Chief Loralai R. Capistrano.

Among those which underwent sampling by the DOE team were the Clean Fuel station along Kamagong St. and the Ramon P. Torres Petron Service Center in San Antonio, Makati.

“It is unfortunate that the current surges in oil prices are caused by factors beyond our control. However, the DOE is committed to helping our consumers, and one way to do this is to ensure that petroleum products in our domestic market meet both national quality and quantity standards,” Secretary Cusi stressed.

As part of the inspection, 10 liters of gasoline samples were collected and placed in a calibrating canister to determine the quantity, while 1 liter each of gasoline samples were collected in bottles to determine their quality, following the sampling and testing procedures prescribed by the Philippine National Standards on Petroleum.

Results showed that both gas stations passed the calibration test for fuel quantity. The samples have likewise been forwarded to the Department’s Energy Research and Testing Laboratories for quality and confirmatory testing.

In addition, the DOE team checked the ove

rall condition of dispensing pumps and facilities as well as the required Certificate of Compliance (COC) of the gas stations.

The DOE issues COCs to gas stations, otherwise known as liquid fuel retail outlets (LFROs), proven to be compliant with the “Rules and Regulations Governing the Business of Retailing Liquid Fuels”.

“We conduct these spot inspections to ensure our consumers get their money’s worth, especially since we are still in a battle against COVID-19. Every centavo counts,” Secretary Cusi pointed out.

“This is also why we place high value on the attainment of energy security, as we no longer want to be at the mercy of global market volatilities,” he added.