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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 6, 2012
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Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order creating a joint inspection team to monitor compliance with the rules and regulations governing the sale of petroleum products in Bacolod City.

Leonardia also designated Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson to represent him as chairman of the Joint Inspection Team and Coordinating Council, inMemorandum Order No. 188 dated December 29, 2011.

Executive Order No. 30 said there is a need to create a Joint Inspection Team and Coordinating Council to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing business of petroleum products in relation to Department of Energy Circular No. 2003-11-010, or Rules and Regulations Governing the Business of Retailing Liquid Petroleum Products.

The mayor also ordered that the joint inspection team be composed of the head of the Permits and License Division, representatives from the City Planning and Development Office, Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Treasurer’s Office, Office of the Building Official, Bureau of Fire Protection, City Engineer’s Office and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas.

The team will coordinate with the national agencies concerned regarding the implementation of DOE Circular No. 3002-22-020 and secure the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology, DOE and/or any government authorities in conducting sealing and calibration of dispensing pumps.

It will monitor compliance by persons or entities engaged in retailing of LPG’s, as well as monitor compliance by all persons, entities or establishments engaged in the business of LPG in relation to the DOE Circular that provides stiff penalties for non-compliance.

Sayson yesterday said the joint inspection team met yesterday and established what they need to do. First is to  communicate with the DOE for help with the technicalities in conducting the inspections, he said.

Because of the one-stop-shop being conducted by the city government at present, they will implement the order after February 15, he added.

Sayson said that,  right now all their personnel are very busy withbusiness permits renewal, especially the personnel of the City Treasurer’s Office, that is one of the major departments involved in the joint inspection team.

“We are warning gasoline stations to make sure that there are no under-deliveries by the time we start the inspection,” he said.

They have received complaints against some gasoline stations from the drivers,especially of jeepneyswho are the ones who know if they are being short-changed, Sayson said.

There were also radio reports of certain findings of the DOE, but those were never substantiated, he said.

Meanwhile, Sayson said he has no idea about reports circulating that City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan has resigned from the city government.

He said he was with some personnel of the mayor yesterday and there was no such news, so these are purely hearsay.

Bayatan also heard the news Monday, and said there is no truth to it.

 It is just another propaganda against the administration and perhaps the people responsible for circulating the message are afraid, or not comfortable with him being with the city government, he said.*CGS

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