Oil price problem is different, needs special solution, says guv

The problem with the oil price problem is different,and the solution should be special.

This was Gov. Edgar Chatto’s reaction after he was asked about his position in the creation of the Petroleum Advisory Council (Petrolac). He gave his two cents recently at Friday’s Kita ug ang Gobernador at the People’s Mansion.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) hatched the idea of an advisory council to tackle the problems caused by the high fuel prices.The idea is to have a council in the same vein of the Bohol Energy Development Advisory Group, which has been able to find solutions for the power problems of the province.

Chatto said unlike power, high oil prices are caused by known problems,and other mechanics can already handle the implementation of the solutions to the problem.

He said the price council might be able to make recommendations to help decrease the price of oil products in the province. It may not be necessary, said the governor, to create another advisory council.


Chatto instead said having an inquiry on the high prices of petroleum products here may get some solution with the help of the three Boholano congressmen.

He said unlike the SP having problems getting resource persons from the Department of Energy (DOE), it would be easier to get information from relevant government agencies if it is in a congressional inquiry setting.

Board member Abeleon “Abel” Damalerio filed a resolution recently asking the three congressmen of the province to do a deep dive on the oil price mess in the province.

Damalerio said Congress might be able to cover the issue better since the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has a limited sphere of influence.

He said the resolution he authored is asking the three Bohol congressmen: Rep. Rene Relampagos, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado and Rep. Arthur Yap to move and ask relevant committees in the House to dig deeper into the problem of high fuel prices.



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