DOE starts price freeze on basic energy goods in areas under state of calamity

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) has implemented a prize freeze on kerosene and household liquified petroleum gas (LPG) following the declaration of a state of calamity in a number of areas in the Visayas and Mindanao.

In an advisory sent on December 26, the DOE reminded the public that:

It also noted that it is coordinating with oil industry players, through the Oil Industry Management Bureau and its Field Offices, to monitor the price freeze on these basic energy products being sold in calamity-affected areas.

The agency also appealed to the public to be vigilant and to report any violation on the price freeze implementation to or to Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office at telephone number 479-2900 local: 329.

A state of calamity was declared in Tacloban City on December 15, following the effects of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-Tak).

It was joined by Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur which both declared a state of calamity last week following the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).

Davao City has also declared a state of calamity as it, too, deals with the aftermath of Typhoon Vinta and a mall fire which has left over 30 people dead. –