Since last week, fuel companies announced there will be a huge rollback in price on all fuel products beginning March 17. From 91 octane to diesel fuel, as well as high-performance 97 to 100 octane gasoline, motorists are in for a treat.
True enough, gas companies did implement the hefty price rollback. Petron cut the prices on their fuel products by PhP 4 per liter and PhP 4.50 per liter for kerosene. Meanwhile, Shell reduced the pricing on all their fuel products by PhP 4.25 per liter and PhP 4.35 per liter for kerosene.
Normally people would already be up in droves getting to the nearest gas station to fill up. However with the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as well as the threat of the COVID-19 still present, people aren't exactly encouraged to go out at this time except when they need to buy supplies.
Aside from the strict home quarantine, most businesses and establishments as of today are closed in adherence to the ECQ. Only essential businesses like supermarkets, 24/7 convenience stores, banks, drug stores, food and medicine production companies, hospitals, medical clinics, water refilling stations, food delivery services, and utility firms are to remain open during the ECQ.
Do not even think about going on a leisure drive in the provinces as both the Philippine National Police (PNP), as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vowed to be stricter in the implementation of the community quarantine around Luzon. There's also the matter of limited access to and from several expressways during the ECQ.
It will be quite a while before people will be allowed to go about freely again since the ECQ will last for about a month. But look on the bright side, not only will you save on gas for the next few weeks, but there will also be fewer carbon emissions in the environment.
Keep safe. Stay indoors. And always wash your hands.