THREE gasoline stations in the south of Cebu City had their gas pumps temporarily locked after they were found to have failed to meet the standard calibration requirement in an inspection conducted by Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification and Enhancement (Probe) personnel led by Raquel Arce last Monday, June 20, 2022.

In a press conference Thursday, June 23, Police Lt. Col. Wilbert B. Parilla of the Cebu City Police Office identified the gasoline stations found defective in their calibration as one along V. Rama Ave. with six improperly calibrated pumps, a station along N. Bacalso Ave., Barangay Pardo with five pumps, and a station on Sabellano St., Barangay Punta Princesa with three improperly calibrated pumps.

.“Ang kaning tanang [pump] nga nasuta nga wala mainsakto sa calibration gi-lock usa ni siya temporarily para dili magamit,” Parilla said. (All these pumps found to be incorrectly calibrated were temporarily locked to stop their operation.)

Notice was already served to the gasoline stations that they could return to operation only when their gas pumps had passed the standard calibration.

If these gasoline stations fail to comply, the City could take further action to stop them from operating.

This is the directive from Mayor Michael Rama to the team tasked to inspect gasoline stations to ensure the proper calibration of pumps.

Parilla said they are still waiting for the results of the inspection in the north area.

Parilla also warned retailers of the dangers of selling gasoline in bottles in remote areas, saying this could cause fire. (Jeanie Mea Pitor, CNU intern)