The Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Friday wants to have a deep dive on the reasons why gas prices in Bohol seems to be higher compared to other places in the Visayas.
To go into the bottom of things, the SP will be inviting key personalities to shed light into the matter.
The SP invited the key players in the petrol industry, but the invitation got snubbed.
With the snub, the SP dads turned their heads to the Energy Department, asking them the question that many at the provincial board, and perhaps the Boholano public wants to ask–why it is gas prices here are costlier compared to other places?
Veteran provincial board member Tomas Abapo told the SP the local gas dealers denied insinuations that the prices of petrol here are being manipulated.
The dealers pointed to the principals in Manila as the ones that dictate the prices of petrol being sold in the province.
During an inquiry, only one of the six gas station manaers attended, a meeting that sought to solicit answers on the puzzling question why gas prices are higher here than gas sold in other provinces.
Abapo said among those invited to a meeting next month will be DOE Asst. Sec. Leonido Pulido III and USec. Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella as resource speakers in line with the SP inquiry.
The tentative schedule will be either September 1 or 8.
The SP hopes the two will accept once the formal invites will be sent.
Provincial solons want to know the reasons of relatively higher petrol prices from Pulido, at the same time. Fuentebella is expected to give insights on the matter of power supply.
Earlier, senior provincial board member Benjie Arcamo expressed his frustration on the failure of gas station managers’ failure to attend the SP inquiry.
Arcamo was the one asked to lead the ad hoc committee at the provincial board tasked to inquire about the gas prices, but the meeting, last August 3, was snubbed by the petrol station owners.
Abapo raised the concern about the higher gasoline prices here in Tagbilaran compared to petrol being sold in Dumaguete City.