THE Cebu City Council wants the executive department together with the Association of Barangay Councils, Department of Energy (DOE) 7 and Department of Trade and Industry 7 to strictly enforce the city’s business permit requirement.

This, after Councilor Jocelyn Pesquera said that the retail sales of petroleum products in residential areas have increased.

“This poses a fire and health hazard to the surrounding communities since these flammable products are displayed in fragile, breakable bottles. These retailers lack the proper facilities to propstore these volatile products,” she said in a resolution approved by the council.

The retailers, she added, had committed a violation for operating without a business permit issued by the City Government.

Pesquera said the retailers can be held accountable for what they are doing, considering that DOE prohibits the illegal trading of petroleum products.

“Since the buying public is not ensured of the quantity and quality of the mix of these petroleum products, the source thereof may be from pilfering and smuggling,” she said.