Farmers, fishers get boost from oil firm
Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, is helping farmers and fisherfolk reach their market by allotting space in select fuel stations until the end of this year.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent quarantine measures imposed in different cities nationwide, distribution of agricultural goods has been affected, leaving farmers and fishermen with limited livelihood opportunities,” Phoenix general manager for retail sales Eric Inocencio said in a statement.
“We recognize the challenges that this crisis has brought upon Filipinos, including those in the agriculture sector,” Inocencio said.
He said Phoenix had provided spaces in participating retail stations in south Luzon and Central Luzon, where farmers and fisherfolk who live near the outlets may sell their agricultural products. The beneficiaries can do so from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily up to Dec. 31.
Also, the sellers are required to observe safety by practicing social distancing and wearing masks and face shields. They are limited to their designated areas to properly manage traffic.
“With this initiative, we will be able to help farmers and fisherfolk by giving them a new channel to offer their products, and additional support that will alleviate their fuel expenses, and ultimately help soften the blow of the pandemic to their livelihood,“ Phoenix senior vice president Raymond Zorrilla said.
Further, Phoenix is extending fuel assistance through a special discount scheme to farmers and fisherfolk. At several participating fuel stations in south and Central Luzon, the registered beneficiaries may avail of fuel discounts of up to P4 per liter until the end of the year.
Also, a dedicated fleet program will be developed especially for participating farmers and fisherfolk with substantial fuel supply needs of at least 2,000 liters per month.
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