By Myrna Velasco
The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has increased by P1.25 per kilogram or P13.75 for the standard 11-kilogram tank starting April 1.
According to industry players, the increase in LPG prices is due to the uptrend in contract prices of the commodity in the world market. AutoLPG for vehicles is also higher by P0.70 per liter.
As of press time, LPG retailers which already hiked prices were Petron Corporation for its Gasul brand, Isla Petroleum and Gas Corporation for Solane. The price adjustments were effective 12:01 and 6:00am on Monday (April 1).
For LPG in Asian markets, the pricing is anchored on the contract prices of Saudi Aramco, the biggest oil producer globally. Saudi’s contract prices swing on a monthly basis and that becomes the basis also of cost movements in many markets, including the Philippines.
Meanwhile, petroleum products at the pumps are on slight rollback this week – and this is still seen as a relief to consumers especially with the rise in the cooking fuel.
The price of diesel had been cut by P0.30 per liter, gasoline by P0.10 per liter, while kerosene prices were reduced by P0.20 per liter, based on the pricing adjustment notices of the oil companies.
As of press time, oil firms that already sent notices on their price rollbacks include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, PTT Philippines and PetroGazz – all effective 6:00am on Tuesday (April 2).
This price relief may not last long though as trends toward the weekend-trading days in the world market had been pointing to fresh round of price increases next week.
Swings in prices at the Philippine pumps have been a weekly affair for the deregulated downstream oil industry – often hinged on the movements of prices in the world market.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has been ardently pushing for the itemization of the cost items being passed on at the pumps, but this cannot seem to get past through the door of the department due to string of opposition from the industry players.