Tagbilaran City gas stations offer discounts
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to an initial drop in prices for petroleum-based products in the world market, and then, just as abruptly, prices rose sharply as producers’ limited production and demand increased. Exorbitant patrol prices have always been a big problem to the Boholano consumers, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. The two major problems of the province right now are the high cost of fuel and the high cost of fish. Hence, there is a request for the local governments to act on it.
As part of the City Government’s efforts to address the problem, a meeting was called attended by the gasoline station owners in the City to discuss a possible rollback of gas products. City Mayor John Geesnell “BABA” Yap wants to provide relief in this tight financial situation, “We have been extending help to our constituents in terms of health protection against the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with this, we also want to provide some relief in terms of their financial situation. Thus, with the discussions we have had with the gas station owners. We are optimistic that the gas prices will be adjusted accordingly”, Yap said.
These are just few of the initiatives launched by the City Government to help Tagbilaranons deal with the current pandemic. It should be remembered that at the onset of the health crisis, the City Government distributed relief goods in four waves. Grocery items and sacks of rice were given to all registered households in Tagbilaran City. Free vitamins were also given to the different barangay health stations. Regular disinfection to establishments were also conducted. Cash assistance to solo parents, PWDs, and nursing mothers were also provided. Mobile Mercado was set up in the barangays to minimize the crowding of people in supermarkets. Further, contactless transactions inside the City Hall premises were encouraged. The tracking system in the City Accounting Office discourages face-to-face follow-up, the same goes with the e-procurement of the General Services Office. And just recently, the application for the business permits migrated online in adherence to the strict health protocols. Mayor Yap announced that negotiations with a leading pharmaceutical company is underway for the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19. The pandemic may have changed the way the City Government work, but it could never sidetrack public service.