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Better gas for vehicles, LPG for houses

OLONGAPO CITY — Oil industry officials of the Department of Energy (DOE) have gathered in Subic Bay Freeport Zone to present various accomplishments for the second half of 2015 that include the inspection of hundreds of downstream oil industry facilities across the country.

Over 1,200 downstream oil industry facilities in the country—from import to refinery to retail in gas stations—were inspected for compliance to quality standards in a bid to guarantee consumer welfare, as bared during the DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) Strategic Planning Workshop held from November 24-27.

“We want the people to know that the government is doing what it can to make sure that the fuel products and the LPG cylinders they buy meet the standards,” OIMB Director Melita Obillo said.

As one of the results of these inspections, Obillo explained that the use of dilapidated liquefied petroleum gas cylinders used daily in homes is curtailed, promoting domestic safety as well as in restaurants and commercial establishments.

Also, OIMB’s four divisions have exceeded their targets for the second half of 2015 in various success indicators.

These divisions are the Natural Gas Management Division, Oil Industry Competition and Monitoring Division, Oil Industry Standards and Monitoring Division, and Retail Market Monitoring and Special Concerns Division.

OIMB was able to issue during the period more than 1,300 permits on oil and gas applications, and compliance and endorsements for various offices.

The bureau has also monitored 61 international and domestic oil and gas prices.

Among other significant accomplishments of the bureau include signing of the memorandum of understanding on the creation of the Inter-Agency Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Inspection Monitoring Team; gasoline station lending and financial assistance program; and information campaigns on downstream oil industry and natural gas plans.

OIMB is the bureau of DOE that formulates and implements policies and programs on downstream oil industry including the importation, exportation, storage, transportation, refining, marketing and distribution of petroleum crude oils and products. (PIA 3)

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