MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) has directed oil firms operating in typhoon-hit areas to make sure there is enough supply and no overpricing of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla issued a memorandum that limits the sale to two liters per customer or P500 worth for direct fueling of vehicles in order to accommodate as many customers.
“As more gas stations are opening and operating now, a vehicle can have a full tank, but those that are buying gas by the containers are still restricted to the set limit,” DOE Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said.
The memorandum also enjoins oil companies to implement the Department of Energy (DOE) Circular on Mutual Product Sharing Accommodations (MPSA) issued in 2011 to stabilize oil supply in the affected areas.
“The Secretary wants to implement this so an oil company can share or use another oil company’s bulk facility (depot) to ensure the steady oil supply in the areas. Usually, the companies will supply its own operations first and then accommodate others,” said DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau Director Zenaida Monsada.
Authorized government and military vehicles involved in relief efforts should also be given priority in gas stations, under the memorandum.
Oil firms in the affected areas are directed to report the operational status of their depots and gasoline stations to the DOE.
The DOE continues to urge the public not to buy fuel products from individuals selling via containers or bottles (“bote-bote”).
“Normalizing fuel supply will eventually stabilize fuel prices, thus minimize the proliferation of ‘bote-bote’ fuel peddlers and the sale of exorbitantly-priced petroleum products with uncertain quality,” Monsada said.
The DOE reminded customers that prices of kerosene and household LPG are covered by a price freeze along with other basic necessities and prime commodities under the amended Price Act.