PUV Drivers Expressed Dismay Over Soaring Fuel Prices
Numerous PUV drivers in the country have expressed their frustrations due to the soaring prices of petroleum products.
The fuel prices in various regions in the Philippines have reached up to P80 per liter. The series of consecutive oil price increase affect the drivers of public utility vehicles. The price hike also affects the prices of basic commodities.
The tricycle driver named Raymundo Dela Cruz is visiting gasoline stations in various areas just to save a little amount. Raymundo explained that he can already buy half kilogram of rice with the amount he can save.
A taxi driver named JC Avindido is visiting a gas station in Rizal to save P10 per liter of gasoline. He wants to save some amount because he still need to pay for the boundary and provide the necessities of his family.
The fuel prices may vary depending on the location, competition and the establishment’s rent, according to DOE Oil Industry Management Bureau Asst. Dir. Rodelma Romero.
“yung mga matataas, maaaring wala silang kakumpitensiya doon sa particular area. That’s part of cost of doing business, ibig sabihin, mahal ‘yung operating cost nila,” Romero said.
The price of petroleum products in Puerto Princesa has already reached nearly P80 per liter. A lot of Filipino drivers were already complaining regarding the soaring pump prices.
“Palawan is an island ano, province ‘di ba, so syempre ‘yung pag-transport, ‘yung distribution cost, ‘yung handling cost hindi mo naman puwedeng isakay ‘yung mga petroleum product sa isang commercial na tanker ‘di ba? So may premium talaga ‘yung transportation cost,” Romero added.
The online community expressed their reactions to the oil price hike:
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