Inspection of gas stations to resume in Philippines

BACOLOD Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson said the task force which he heads will resume their inspection of gas stations soon.
Because of the holidays, they might resume the inspection on gasoline stations next week.
They can now attach “Out of order” stickers on gasoline pumps that are not properly calibrated in violation of a national law and City Ordinance.
Because of the recent increases in prices of fuel, Sayson appealed to the different gasoline stations in Bacolod City to check the calibration of their gas pumps so they will not be inconvenienced during the inspection. Those found violating the ordinance will be meted a fine for the first, second and third offence. After the third offense, there will be revocation of business permits.
There are about 130 gasoline stations in Bacolod City. Meanwhile, Councilor Archie Baribar said the resolution calling for the calibration and sealing of dispensing pumps of liquid petroleum products retail outlets in Bacolod City, imposing fees in the registration and sealing of dispensing pumps, was passed by the Bacolod City Council on third and final reading Wednesday.
He said all dispensing pumps used in the retailing of liquid petroleum products within Bacolod City must be properly calibrated every 60 days and sealed by the treasurer of his/her authorized representative.
A dispensing pump that is not calibrated or sealed or goes-off calibration will be marked with an “out-of-order” sign and will not be used until the pump is calibrated and sealed.
Any retail outlet owner/operator found violating the law will be meted a penalty of P4,000 and/or imprisonment of one month for the first offense, and a fine of P5,000 and/or imprisonment of two months for the second offense.
Revocation of permit to operate business and/or imprisonment of three months at the discretion of the Court will be imposed for the third and subsequent offenses.
In case of a corporation, the penalty of imprisonment will be suffered by the chairman of the Board or the president, he added.