The City Treasurer’s Office will issue notices of violation to owners of gasoline stations in Bacolod City whose pumping machines were not accurately calibrated, Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said yesterday.
A random inspection of six gasoline stations in Bacolod City was conducted Friday by a task force led by Sayson to check the accuracy of the calibration of pumping machines of gasoline stations.
This include the Seaoil, Caltex, Petron, Shell, Pryce Gas, and Getti Oil gasoline stations, all in Barangay Villamonte. The business permits of three gasoline stations were discovered to be defective and the owners were told to rectify them.
Sayson said the Licensing and Permits Division has already called the attention of the owner or manager of the gasoline stations on the matter.
He said the official report from the CTO showed that, out of the six gasoline stations inspected, one (along Burgos Street-North Drive) had two dispensing pumps that were “under delivered, ” or were not accurately calibrated.
“Under the law you are allowed under delivery up to 50 ml for every 10 liters. Over and above 50 ml is already a violation,” Sayson said.
Since the keys to the pumps of the gasoline station were allegedly in their head office, the CTO was not able to re-calibrate the pumps, he said.
Sayson said “We called their attention to open the pumps and have them re-calibrated. We are studying the possibility of implementing a closure by the CTO if they fail to deliver the keys.”
He said the gasoline station was under delivered by about 100 ml when the law only allows up to 50 ml for every 10 liters.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the random inspection is their way of protecting consumers.
“Besides, this became urgent in the light of fuel price increases plus our ongoing struggle to lower down the cost of gasoline in Bacolod City. We believe this is our contribution to help ease the situation of our consumers especially in the purchase of gasoline,” Leonardia said.
He also said the inspection will continue and they are asking for the cooperation of the public to inform the city if they notice any irregularities, so the task force led by Sayson can attend to them.
“I am appealing to the gasoline station owners to correct their system as early as now to avoid any incident that may affect the image of their business. We will be doing the inspection at random, and we would like to sustain this so everybody will be on tip- toe,” he added.*CGS