By Marisol Bo-oc, J. Jala, Helen Castano | 05:03 PM December 22, 2021

Boholanos have turned to social media to express their sentiments as fuel charges surged days after typhoon Odette ravaged the province.

Residents have been calling the Department of Energy DOE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to intervene.

“We appeal to DTI to call the attention of business establishments for overpricing! Kung mahimo e – revoke na ila business permits! Sa atong mga negosyante malooy mo sa mga taw oy ug dili kay kwarta ra inyo gihunahuna! Sayang Lang ng inyong simba simba mga pakarong-ingon ra man diay mo,” said Benjie Oliva.

Oliva was a former youth leader and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Administrator.

Oliva said he experienced first hand and he also received other complaints from other consumers.

Many gasoline stations in Tagbilaran City and other towns were closed since Friday, a few managed to operate that people swarmed in to buy for bulk.

Motorists swarmed gasoline stations to buy fuel needed for their generator sets and vehicles.

The high demand and low supply of fuel caused prices to go up to as much as P100-P150 per liter.

Jessie (who asked not to mention his family name), a resident of Poblacion in Getafe town, said that he was able to buy gasoline for P100 in a convenience store.

“I have no choice, I need (it) for my mobility,” he said.

“Naglisud ang mga tawo og tubig, pagkaon, diin-diin pangita ang mga tawo,” he shared.

From P57 to P63 per liter, unleaded gasoline is now sold at P150 per liter in unauthorized fuel refilling stations.

Diesel was sold at P100 per liter, about double than its usual P49.11.

Motorists from the towns where gas stations were destroyed have flocked to the city to buy gasoline.

Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd district echoed the same call on Tuesday about the situation.

He also appealed to businessmen not to take advantage of the high demand of petroleum products and basic commodities to jack up their prices as people are still reeling from the devastation of Typhoon Odette.

“Magkahiusa ta ug dili nato mahimuslan ang higayun. Dili ta magpataas sa presyo,” said Aumentado.

On Tuesday, DTI Asec. Aster Caberte said that Bohol has enough supply of gasoline.

“DTI dili maoy ahensya nga in-charge sa pag-manage sa presyo and supply sa gasolina. But being the national price coordinating council, ang DTI manghilabot gihapon. Duna may daghang pondo sa gasolina and diesel naa sa atong depot. Nalangan lang og paggawas pagsupply sa gasoline stations kay naay nakababag. Hopefully, this will normalize the petroleum products,” said Caberte during the Provincial Price Coordinating Council.

By Bohol Island News

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