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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DOE, PIA conduct multi-sectoral advocacy campaign on downstream oil industry in Dipolog

Dominic I. Sanchez

DIPOLOG CITY– In an effort to raise awareness on the oil industry, its benefits to the local economy as well as its legal implications, the Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is conducting a multi-sectoral advocacy campaign on the downstream oil industry for local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanga del Norte and local oil industry players at the Ariana Hotel here today, Sept. 16.

The discussions center on the laws, rules and regulations governing sale of liquefied petroleum products (LPPs) and the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with municipal mayors, treasurers, licensing officers, business licensing issuing officers, and information officers as participants.

Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are also attending the activity.

Assistant Director Rodela Romero of DOE’s Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) told the participants that the basis for conducting the said campaign is Republic Act 8479, An Act Deregulating the Downstream Oil Industry. “This is to ensure a truly competitive market under a regime of fair prices, adequate and continuous supply of environmentally clean and high quality petroleum products,” Romero said.

DOE’s role is mainly monitoring quality, quantity, refining and marketing process, inventory and pricing of the fuels, however, “the local governments have a major role to play in ensuring local oil retailers meet the standards.”
Romero also discussed on certain oil and LPG retail prohibitions. She encouraged LGUs to properly monitor and sanction violations.

Additional topics for the day include the Regulatory Framework on the Business of Retailing Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Liquid Petroleum Products, LPG Regulatory Framework and LPG in Canisters, LPP Retail Rules, Metrology, and Calibration and Sealing of Mechanical Pumps.

At the end of the day, the participants will be brought to a local gasoline station to observe the proper calibration of dispensing pumps. Romero emphasized that it is important for LGUs to know how to properly inspect stations operating within their jurisdiction to ensure that the consumers do not get short-changed.

“Pag kulang ang pag-dispense nila, kakasuhan namin sila (gas stations that fail to dispense properly and accurately will be sued),” Romero pointed out.
The Philippine Oil Industry generates millions worth of revenue not only for the retailers, but also to local government returns every year.