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Oil companies sign pact to ensure fuel supply during disasters

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Text: / Photos: | posted October 23, 2014 10:00

Signed during the Industry Emergency Response Cooperation event

The Philippine Institute of Petroleum (PIP), composed of major oil industry players, signed an agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) to ensure a stable supply of fuels in Metro Manila in the event of disasters.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed in the recent Industry Emergency Response (IERO) Cooperation event. With the theme of “Fueling Business Continuity in Critical Times,” this year’s IERO highlighted the need for a reliable and continuous supply of fuels in the aftermath of calamities.

The MOA identifies key areas of cooperation and develops a framework to ensure fuel supply in case of emergencies and calamities such as earthquakes, typhoons, floods, fire and spills. Moreover, the MOA stated that DOE will continue to serve as the primary contact point between the government and the petroleum industry. The DOE is also tasked to lead in the development of a communications protocol as well as formulating a disaster management plan.    

The PIP, in coordination with the DOE, will also prioritize the supply of fuel products to available and fully functional retail stations nearest the emergency response areas identified by the MMDRRMC or the NDRRMC.

On the other hand, the MMDRRMC as well as the local government units of Metro Manila shall re-establish communications and coordination among key organizations during major emergencies and disasters.

Members of the PIP are the following: Chevron Philippines Inc., Isla Gas, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Shell), PTT Philippines Corp., Total (Philippines) Corporation and Petron Corporation.