Filipino Drivers and Riders Were Planning to Resign Amid Surging Oil Prices
Several drivers and riders were already planning to resign due to the series of oil price hike over the past few months.
A lot of Filipino public utility drivers are currently struggling with the continuous increase on prices of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene. Most of their income goes to fuel and boundary.
A taxi driver named Dodong Canio is reducing his other expenses just to fill up his vehicle’s tank. He is trying to save water and electricity as much as possible to lessen his unnecessary expenses.
“Tipid sa tubig at kuryente saka sa gas di mo matipid kasi kailangan eh. Pag mataas gas apektado lahat,” Canio said.
Another driver identified as Willam Savenano is planning to resign if fuel prices will continue to increase over the next few weeks. “Sana wag na masundan to. Kung masundan to baka mag resign na ako sa ano siguro maghanap ng iba mapapasukan,” Savenano said.
On Tuesday (April 26, 2022), oil companies have imposed an additional P3 per liter of gasoline and P4.10 per liter of kerosene. According to an oil industry source, the recent price hike was due to delayed peace talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Currently, the distribution of fuel cards remains on hold while the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is waiting for a signed resolution from the government that will serve as their go signal.
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