By NITZ ARANCON
ENERGY department and city hall officials yesterday checked on fuel prices vis-à-vis the additional excise tax on fuel and to make sure gas stations in the city are not shortchanging consumers.
Officials found out that not all gas stations here have increased fuel prices because of the additional P2-excise tax, said lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, co-chairman of the City Price Coordinating Council.
Uy said none of the gas stations inspected was found to have violated the rule on pump calibration.
The fuel pumps are supposed to be calibrated to ensure that motorists would get they money’s worth.
“Ma-o na nga atong gihimo ang audit calibration sa ilang mga fuel pump para masiguro nato nga wala ma-alkasi ang nagpalit, ug kadtong nagbaligya,” Uy said.
He said inspectors found out that a number of gas stations in the city have yet to increase the prices of petroleum products because they were still selling stocks delivered before the excise tax was further increased.
Uy said that explains why many gas stations in the city have continued to sell much cheaper fuel.
“Na-a pay gasoline station nga nagbaligya og P43 kada litro sa special gasoline, na-a poy P46 na per liter kay kadtong barato pa, da-an pa kadto nga stock ug dili pa mahimong patungan sa excise tax,” he said.