By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Drivers who belong to the Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators- Negros (STON) are grinding their teeth against what they alleged as the failure of the government to address the fuel price disparity in Negros compared to Metro Manila and other provinces.
Nilo Frias of STON said they have been expecting results from some government officials including senators who pledged to help address the problem but until now it remains unresolved.
The disparity is pegged at P4 to P5 per litter.
In Metro Manila, the price of regular gasoline is at P48.35 per litter while here in Bacolod City, the price is at P52.42.
The problem has riled the business and transport sectors in the province since last year. They even held rallies to press the government especially the Department of Energy to act on it.
The DOE reasoned out that the lack of competition among oil companies in the province is to blame for the disparity.
But Frias said there are small companies in the province competing with big oil firms. In fact, Phoenix Corporation has already constructed its depot at the reclamation area.
Meanwhile, Frias said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) needs to emphasize their order giving discounts to students even on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This, after several students claimed that they were not given discounts by some of the drivers during weekends and holidays.
Frias stressed the LTFRB should emphasize the order for the compliance of the drivers.