No vehicle, no refueling implemented in Cebu City

A long line of vehicles wait their turn to refuel along a road leading to a gas station in Cebu City days after Typhoon Odette passed through Cebu City and the rest of the Visayas. | CDN digital photo file

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Only those with vehicles can get fuel at service stations in Cebu City.

Mayor Michael Rama signed a new directive controlling the supply and distribution of fuel in the city.

Under Directive 12-22-2021-01, all service stations are required to refuel only up to the capacity of the fuel tank of motor vehicles. Filling drums, barrels and other containers with fuel is prohibited, subject to the requirements of utility companies.

Exemptions are granted to the following:

1. Electric visayan

2. National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

3. Davao Light and Power Corp.

4. MERALCO

5. PLDT / SMART

6. Globe Telecoms

7. Dito Telecoms

8. Converge telecoms

9. Heavenly Cable

10. MCWD

11. government vehicles

12. emergency response

13. hotels

14. banks and

15. essential service establishments

Gas stations should also provide a highway lane and give the highest priority to essential and / or emergency utility vehicles from government, private and public service.

Private establishments firing fuel in containers must provide proof of the nature of their business, business permits and other similar documents in order to obtain a fuel supply.

Gas stations are also not allowed to increase the price of fuel beyond the recommended price rates in the respective zones, nor to manipulate the prices by creating an artificial shortage.

Vehicles still cannot line up outside gas stations from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. as they could be apprehended.

Still, Rama said the city government would maintain its position to disperse vehicles before apprehending.

The mayor warns that if the directive does not work, he plans to impose a coding system for cars so that only a few vehicles are allowed to draw fuel per day.

Victor Caindec, director of the Central Visayas Land Transport Bureau (LTO-7), has already asked his officers not to apprehend vehicles queuing for basic necessities.

“I asked LTO MPs in Region 7 NOT TO APPRECIATE vehicles lining up for fuel and water. We have also suspended regular road operations

“We will however apprehend vehicles driving recklessly, making U-turns illegally on the ISLANDS, recklessly obstructing traffic and actions that endanger other motorists and road users,” said the director.

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