City legislators are proposing that the local government should put up its own fuel depot and gasoline station as a measure to control the price of fuel.
Councilor Roy Gregorio Ventura is requesting Mayor Lucilo Bayron Monday to study the possibility of creating a government depot and gasoline station to control the oil prices.
“Sana mapag-aralan na magkaroon tayo ng sariling depot, tayo ang mag-aangkat mula doon sa mga binibilihan ng mga big three companies,” he said.
He said the city government can procure land for the purpose if it materializes.
Ventura said that with a gasoline station, they will be able to influence the pump prices of fuel.
“Para ang mga government agencies ay sa atin kukuha at para macontrol natin ang presyo,” Ventura said.
Councilor Peter Maristela supported Ventura’s proposal to study the option as proposed.
He said that with its own fuel depot, the city government can lessen its expenses.
“Kung hindi man gasoline station ay kahit depot lang para ang supply ng city government ay hindi na natin bibilhin sa mga pribadong kompanya,” Maristela said.
On Friday, oil companies Caltex, Petron and Shell committed to bringing down fuel prices by P2 following the series of requests being conducted by the city and provincial government.
Councilor Elgin Damasco also said during his privilege speech Monday that P2 is still not enough and requested the oil companies to give the lowest price for the Palaweño.