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still ‘patient’ over hikes

The three major oil companies in the Philippines increased fuel products at 6 a.m. yesterday but transport groups in Negros Occidental assured the riding public that they will not yet seek a fare hike.

Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell and Chevron Philippinesannounced the 70 centavo hike for every liter of gasoline and 40 centavos for diesel and kerosene, citing movements of fuel prices in the international oil market.

Last week, three oil companies also increased their rates by 30 centavos for every liter premium and regular gasoline, 40 centavos for every liter of diesel and 45 centavos for kerosene.

Diego Malacad, Secretary General of the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, said they are not filing a petition for a fare hike because it is not a solution to the increasing prices of fuel.

Malacad said UNDOC will meet with the Social Action Center of the Bacolod Diocese, the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry and members of the Academe today to discuss actions to take on the successive oil price hikes.

Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators-Negros, Secretary General Jesse Ortega, said they will announce their actions on the fare hikes on their first anniversary on Saturday.

Ortega, however, said their actions will not include filing a petition for fare hikes as the increase in fuel costs is, so far, still tolerable although the number of increases this year is less than the frequency of decreases.

Earlier, Elizabeth Katalbas, president of the Federation of Bacolod City Drivers’ Association, said that they are not keen on petitioning for a fare hike. Rather they are calling for an investigation on the alleged fuel supply smuggling in the country and the review of the oil deregulation law, Katalbas said.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Regional Director Romulo Bernardes, meanwhile, said no transport groups from Western Visayas have yet filed a petition for a fare increase, unlike in Manila where organizations are pushing for an additional P2 in fares.*APN

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