September 26, 2023

The big difference between fuel prices in Baguio and other localities came into focus anew as Mayor Benjamin Magalong bemoaned the long standing issue he first addressed back in 2019.

The mayor said a cursory look at the prevailing fuel costs in Baguio, La Union, and Quezon City showed a glaring disparity between the prices.

For instance, the cost of Petron XCS, a high-quality premium motor gasoline, is lower by P10.50 in a station in La Union and by almost P15 in a station in Quezon City.

“It is concerning. What gives?” he lamented.

Magalong will write to the industry leader and the Energy Regulatory Board to again escalate the concern.

It will be recalled in October 2019, the mayor sought audience with the executives of the three big industry players and aired the city’s appeal to reduce permanently the price differences.

Petron Corporation through Assistant Vice President for Corporate Affairs Charmaine Canillas granted the appeal and reduced the cost in the city by P3.

“We hope that we can again be granted price reduction to help our city in its economic recovery efforts,” the mayor said.

Rep. Mark Go earlier also made the same appeal.  – Aileen P. Refuerzo