Solon urges government to impose price freeze

A PROGRESSIVE solon today urged the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose a price freeze on petroleum products in light of the severe calamity caused by tropical cyclone Gener.

“More than 300,000 people are now affected by the typhoon. This calamitous situation is all the more worsened by successive price hikes,” Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said.

“For humanitarian consideration, it is appropriate that the government restrain all price hikes at this point.” said Mariano who lambasted the P77-per 11-kg. tank LPG price hike imposed by oil companies. The government must order a roll back and freeze in oil prices.”

“This situation demands an emergency response from the government. A price freeze is urgent and necessary,” the solon added.

Last July 24, oil companies raised petrol prices by P1.20 to P1.80 per liter, followed by another P0.20 per liter price increase yesterday. “These successive oil price hikes are unacceptable. Big oil companies must stop taking advantage of the vulnerable situation of typhoon-ravaged consumers.”

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

Hard hit areas experiencing heavy rains and flooding include parts of Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Pampanga, Bulacan, Pangasinan, Ilocos, Cagayan and Isabela in Luzon; Negros Occidental and Iloilo in Visayas.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),  63,670 families or 303,941 persons are affected by Gener in Ilocos region, Cagayan, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western and Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao,Soccskargen, Cordillera Administrative Region and National Capital Region.

Declared under state of calamity were Mabitac, Laguna; Bacoor, Tanza and Ternate in Cavite, Obando in Bulacan, and Villadolid in Negros Occidental.

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