C. Visayas assured of sufficient fuel supply amid Ukraine crisis

FUEL PUMP CALIBRATION. DOE-Visayas Energy Industry Management Division inspectors, engineers Renelyn Estiya and Evander Diola, check fuel pump calibration at Caltex Landers in Mabolo, Cebu City, Friday, March 4 2022. DOE-Visayas Director Russ Mark Gamallo said there is enough fuel and LPG supplies for the Central Visayas, as oil companies have assured, amid the conflict in Ukraine. (ANP photo by John Rey Saavedra)

CEBU CITY – The local office of the Department of Energy (DOE)-Visayas on Friday ensured sufficient supplies of fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the central Visayas despite the impact of the Ukraine crisis on oil prices on the world market.

This, while DOE-Visayas field personnel conducted a surprise inspection at three service stations in the cities of Talisay, Cebu and Mandaue.

Attorney Russ Mark Gamallo, Director of DOE-Visayas, said they began the on-site inspection following the “marching order” from DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi to ensure that the Gas station operators sell their petroleum products in the price range, after a series of increases due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.

He said Cebu oil companies also assured him there would be enough fuel for 15 days and LPG for the next seven days.

The minimum oil company supply inventory here, he said, is within the allowable limit based on 15-day crude supply, as required by DOE Departmental Circular 2003-01-001.

Gamallo said one of Cusi’s guidelines was to ensure gas station operators regularly calibrate their fuel dispensers and supply the approved grade of diesel, unleaded gasoline and regular gasoline.

“We will intensify inspection activities in the coming days. We won’t announce it because it will be a surprise inspection,” Gamallo told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview.

Engineers Renelyn Estiya and Evander Diola visited the GSC service station in Talisay City, Caltex in Landers here, Petron in Mandaue City and Shell in Escario St., here and checked the calibration of the pumps to assure consumers “that each centavo they spent on fuel is well spent”.

“Inspectors use a test instrument, called a calibration bucket, to verify compliance with the required quantity of petroleum products sold by dealers. In addition, samples of petroleum products were taken to verify compliance with quality standards implemented by the DOE,” according to the department statement.

The government could not dictate the course of fuel prices as the country is dependent on importation and as required by Republic Act No. 8479, the Downstream Petroleum Industry Deregulation Act of 1998. (NAP)

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