Group hits oil firms for hiking prices amid rains

IN LIGHT of current disaster caused by continuous rains, progressive partylist group Anakpawis today reiterated its appeal to urge the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose a price freeze on petroleum products and other basic commodities.

“Emergency response is expected from the government. A price freeze is urgent and necessary,” said Fernando Hicap, Anakpawis vice-chairperson.

“These greedy firms really are heartless, hiking oil prices while people are grappling to save their lives and property from the rains. Government must immediately step in to ease this condition made worse by high prices of petroleum products and other necessities,” he said.

Anakpawis partylist Representative Rafael Mariano also urged: “For humanitarian consideration, it is appropriate that the government restrain all price hikes at this point. A roll back and freeze in oil prices must be imposed.” Rep. Mariano delivered a privelege speech in Congress last week calling for price rollback of basic commodities and utilities.

Oil companies raised petrol prices at 6:00 this morning by 80 centavos per liter for gas; diesel by 40 centavos per liter; and kerosene by 30 centavos per liter for Shell and Petron; 80-centavo per liter in premium, unleaded and regular gas, and a 40-centavo per liter in diesel for Total. New price hikes today marked the fifth week that oil firms increased prices of their products since July.

The solon also asked the DTI Price Coordinating Council to impose an automatic price control or freezing of prices of basic necessities. Prices of food items including vegetables, canned goods, fish produce are also on the rise as an immediate effect of the typhoon and rains.

“Increasing oil prices automatically pushes the prices of other basic commodities upward.”

Residents in several communities in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces are currently being evacuated due to flooding.

Relief operations

Anakpawis is currently coordinating relief operations for victims of flooding.

Donations are welcome at the Anakpawis National Headquarters at 2-J Alley 23, Road 1, Project 6, Quezon City

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