Consumer groups urge oil firms to detail price adjustments

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2018   •   2599

 

People flocking to a gasoline station in Calape, Bohol to stock up on fuel.  (ROMALDO MICO SOLON / Photoville International)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A consumer group on Monday, May 28, said that the public has the right to know how oil firms adjust their prices.

Given this, Vic Dimagiba of the “Laban Konsyumer” urged the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a policy on unbundling or detailing of petroleum prices to give consumers a sense of transparency.

“Kayang magbigay ng ganyang kalaking discount, at kumikita pa sila…at least give us the data. Justified ba o makatwiran ang presyo ng mga petroleum products?” Dimagiba said.

In response, DOE Assistant. Director for Oil Industry Management Bureau Rodela Romero said they are set to issue a circular requiring oil firms and stations to report their computation breakdown on costs of product, refining, import, haulers’ fee and fuel excise tax.

The Energy Department will also ask the oil companies to provide data for unbundling their base price in a mandatory price display board when adjusting prices.

“Kapag nakita natin iyong detalye ng cost malalaman natin kung saan tayo makakagawa pa ng paraan para mapababa ang (presyo) Kasi iyon ngang international cost hindi na natin mako-kontrol. At least iyong within the area baka mayroon tayong maitulong, ang pamahalaan together with the private sector,” Romero said.

DOE eyes finalizing and releasing the circular as soon as possible.

The agency also noted the probable increase in Russia’s and Saudi Arabia’s oil production which will expectedly help in stabilizing fuel prices in the world market.— Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Consumer group calls for transparency on alleged manipulation of pork prices

Marje Pelayo   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A consumer group is asking the government to release the result of its investigation on the alleged manipulation of pork prices and supply in the country. 

Laban Konsyumer wants to put an end to the allegation of price and supply manipulation of pork in the country.

Laban Konsyumer president, Atty. Vic Dimagiba, said that if the result of the investigation proves that the price of pork is reasonable, consumer confidence will be regained.

Should there be no manipulation, the names of the businessmen would be cleared.

“Kailangan ang mga tao dapat managot kung may mananagot, whether private individuals or public officials,” Dimagiba said.

“Iyong nagkulang sa paggawa niya ng trabaho ay ilabas na at magsampa ng kaso kung meron naman. kung wala naman isara na nila yung imbestigasyon dahil mabalik din naman yung tiwala ng mga negosyante na hindi sila pinagsisishan ng pamahalaan,” he added.

The group also stands on the side of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the implementation of the price ceiling.

The DA said that the intervention is effective because it already decreased the prices of pork by P100 per kilogram.

“Sa monitoring namin meron pang nagtitinda P350 to P360 pero wala na yung P400 to P450. In effect the price ceiling is successful kasi marami pa rin naman bumebenta ng P270 to P300 na sumusunod,” explained DA Asec. Arnel de Mesa.

On the other hand, Manny Pereja, the market master in Las Piñas Market has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to stop the price ceiling.

“Iyan ang pinaka last resort na nakikita ko na kwestyunin ang Constitutionality ng batas na iyan dahil hindi naman nagre-reflect talaga sa tunay na estado ng ating bilihan talaga o nung hog industry,” Pereja said.

DA officials, however, assure that there will be enough supply in the coming days.

“Ginarantiya na meron na tayong enough supply tomorrow, 100% sa requirement nila,” National Coordinator of DA-Bantay Presyo Jerry Pelayo said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Gasoline, kerosene price changes set for Tuesday, February 2

Robie de Guzman   •   February 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Local pump prices of gasoline and kerosene will be adjusted anew this week, oil firms announced on Monday.

In separate advisories, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Seaoil Philippines Inc. said they will increase the price per liter of gasoline by P0.25 and slash that of kerosene by P0.25. No price change will be imposed on diesel.

Petro Gazz also said it will implement the same price change except for kerosene which it does not carry.

The price adjustment will take effect on Tuesday, February 2.

Cleanfuel, on the other hand, announced that the prices of its petroleum products will remain unchanged for the week.

Other oil companies have yet to make similar announcements.

Meanwhile, Petron announced it adjusted the prices of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and AutoLPG products.

Effective February 1, Petron increased its LPG price by P2.96/kilogram, and AutoLPG by P1.66 a liter.

“These reflect the international contract price of LPG for the month of February,” it said.

Transport group questions ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

A transport group is questioning the ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy which mandates commuters to have their own beep card with a secured maintaining balance to use the EDSA Busway.

Laban Konsyumer appealed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to suspend the policy until the end of the year. The group’s president Vic Dimaguiba said the department should first clarify the policy, especially when purchasing the cards and maintaining balance.

Iyon po kasing sinasabi na kailangan may remaining balance na 65 pesos that’s a new policy. Ang pinaka-mahalaga po pag-aralan nila ay class ng consumer na gagamit ng beep card sa mga buses (What they say about having the remaining balance of 65 pesos, that’s a new policy. The most important thing they need to review is the class of consumers using beep cards in buses),” he said.

The Chief Commercial Officer of the AF Payments Inc. Sharon Fong, said the maintaining balance is needed in order for operators not to have income losses.

Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and iyong pasahero pays for the lowest fare and ita-tap niya lang is 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare malulugi naman po ang operators (Imagine this scenario if we do not do that and the passenger pays for the lowest fare and only tapped 10 pesos and he took the farthest fare, the operators will sustain losses),” she said.

Meanwhile, the DOTr clarified the difference between Beep Cards and cards used in Beep Rides. In a statement, the DOTr said Beep Cards are used in EDSA Busways, MRT, and LRT while Beep Ride Cards are used in modern jeepneys.

“What that PUV operator is selling is different from the Beep Card (Not Beep Rides Card) being used at the EDSA Busway / MRT / LRT. The actual beep card is interoperable with MRT and LRT. Beep Rides is a totally different company offering AFCS and has totally nothing to do with Beep by AF Payments,” the statement reads. -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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