Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines will provide at least P1 per liter of fuel-price discount to public-utility vehicles (PUVs).
According to Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, it was the agency that invited the oil firms to provide the discounts to PUVs in a bid to mitigate the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
“These corporate social responsibility [CSR] programs of the oil companies are aimed to mitigate the impact of TRAIN on transportation fares,” Cusi said.
“With these fuel discounts and other CSR programs, we are hopeful that operators of jeepneys and buses will also help lessen the impact of TRAIN to consumers by not increasing the transport fares,” he added.
The CSR programs will expand the oil companies’ existing discount programs for public-utility jeepneys, which includes the increase in the number of participating retail stations, higher discounts and inclusion of other PUVs.
The highlights of the agreements between the Department of Energy (DOE), on one hand, Petron, Shell and Phoenix, on the other, are the following:
- At least P1 discounts per liter of liquid fuels
- Oil companies to provide a designated lane for PUVs; and
- Additional privileges and other promotional offers to be offered to the drivers of PUVs.
During the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA), Petron said it will implement the price discount in 500 of its stations.
“We’ll start giving the discount at least ten days after the MOA signing. We are keeping the discount in place for months [but] will be dependent on market condition,” Petron CFO Emmanuel Erana Jr. said.
Phoenix Vice President Raymond Zorrilla said there will be 150 service stations that will participate in the fuel discount. “We have more than 50 stations now that are already giving out discounts. Depending on its success, we plan with this in other areas and limit it to jeepeneys.”