By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is committed to taking steps to cushion the impact of the imminent increase of oil prices in the country, Malacañang said Monday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo assured the public that the upward oil price adjustment would likely be temporary given the fluctuating costs in the world market.
“Iyon namang presyo ng gasolina eh hindi ba aakyat, bababa, so sanay na tayo doon. Hindi naman tayo naapektuhan nung matagalan, dahil short lang naman iyong nangyayari [Gasoline prices tend to go up and down so we are used to it. We will not be affected for a long time because it will just be a short time],” Panelo said over government radio.
“Lagi namang meron tayong mga kalakaran na bumabalik sa dating presyo. Ginagawa ng pamahalaan ang mga measures upang ma-neutralize natin ang masamang epekto nito [We’ve had incidents where prices return to previous prices. The government is also taking measures to neutralize the adverse effect],” he added.
Prices of gasoline are expected to increase by P1.50 to P1.65 per liter this week due to high global costs. Diesel prices will reportedly rise by P0.30 to P0.35 per liter while kerosene by P0.35 to P0.45 per liter. The new rates will reportedly take effect Tuesday,
Reports, quoting oil experts, said the oil price adjustment might not last long amid the anticipation of a world economic slowdown as well as the increase in oil production of the United States.