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SP to summon oil firm reps;
Ethanol production pushed

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is inviting representatives of oil firms to shed light on the oil price disparity in the province.

The SP wants an explanation on why fuel prices in Negros Occidental are more expensive than in Manila and Cebu, he said.

But he admitted that the SP has limited powers to act on the matter, and it is really up to the congressmen of the province to work for lower prices.

Lacson said he will support a move of Negros businessmen to file a complaint to demand lower prices for fuel as long as there is basis.

Meanwhile, he welcomed the Sugar Regulatory Administration’s plan to set a sugar allocation for the production of ethanol, which is used as blend with gasoline.

We must take a serious effort to sustain the ethanol program of the country, he said.*CPG

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