MANILA – Fuel products have been in high demand in the typhoon-hit area of Eastern Visayas not only for vehicles, but also to supply power for generator sets.
The provinces of Capiz, Samar, Leyte and Biliran still have no power supply, and most establishments, including banks, are operating through gensets.
“Karamihan ng mga bangko ay gumagamit pa din ng genset. Sa Tacloban mismo, starting tomorrow or Wednesday, ang mga malalaking bangko ay magsisimula na ng operation,” Bangko ng Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo told dzMM on Monday.
More than a hundred gensets were sent to Samar and Leyte, which means more fuel is needed to power them.
“Kailangan din ‘yung gasoline at diesel sa mga genset, ‘yun namang iba para sa sasakyan,” said Guinigundo.
Guinigundo said a report from the Southern Bankers Club said a weekly supply of 200 liters of fuel will be required to supply the genset of each bank.
“Sa Leyte may direktiba ang local government units na mag-allocate ng 200 litro per week per bank upang sa ganoon ay ma-suplayan ang mga bangko ng fuel,” he said.
He added that the power outage in some areas has disrupted operations of automated teller machines (ATM).
Guinigundo appealed for the public’s understanding, adding that the BSP is working with the banks for the immediate resumption of normal banking operations.
The Department of Energy (DOE) earlier said power will be restored in major areas by December 24.
The DOE has also 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).