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Fuel Overview 

Fuel in the Philippines is reasonably reliable with few, if any, reports of quality control issues. The industry is controlled by the Department of Energy and dominated by three big players; Petron, Shell and Caltex (Texaco). The Philippines import the crude oil and as such, are subject to international market fluctuations. More than 90% of crude oil is purchased from the Middle East region. 

Refineries and import/export ports are all based in Luzon. There are two refineries in the Philippines, one in Bataan (Petron) and one in Batangas (Shell). Import and export terminals for refined oil products are in Subic (Zambales), Clark (Pampanga), Tabangao (Batangas) and San Pascual (Batangas). 

The Department of Energy requires manufacturers to carry a 15-day supply of crude oil and refined product at all times. Importers of finished products are required to carry a 7-day supply at all times (information from 2012 LCA).  

Petron is the major provider of Jet Fuel in Philippines as they have 12 airports facilities/capacities all over the country (Cebu, Clark and Kaliko which are the storage tanks sites and Katiclan, Bohol Panglao, Porto Princesa, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, SamboangaLaoag and Ilo-Ilo which are only refuelers sites themselves replenished by tankers). Shell and Caltex may also provide Jet Fuel and Phoenix has only fuel facilities in the Visayas as they are the preferred supplier of Cebu Pacific (domestic aircraft company based in Cebu).    

Auto LPG is also available in Philippines principally in Manila.

For more information on fuel provider contact details, please see the following links:

4.7 Philippines Luzon Fuel Provider Contact List

4.5 Philippines Fuel Provider Contact List (2012)

Information may also be foundat: http://www.mytravelcost.com/petrol-prices/ which is updated monthly.  

Fuel Pricing 

Fuel pricing is subject to international market fluctuation and the appreciation of the Philippine Peso against the US Dollars. Oil companies adjust prices depending on the global market. Due to regional difficulties and the cost of transportation, prices are higher in other regions than in Metro Manila. Prices have been increased each year on the first day of the year since 2017 by government policy.  

The major fuel companies propose Fleet-Cards for Petroleum products management for companies/agencies/organizations. 

Fuel Prices per Litre as of: 07 MARCH 2019 

(local currency and USD - $) 

Petrol  

RON91: 52.86 PhP – 1,01 USD 

RON95: 52.79 PhP – 1,01 USD 

RON97: 54.79 PhP – 1,05 USD 

Common price in Metro Manilla 

Diesel 

43.34 PhP – 0,83 USD 

Common price in Metro Manilla 

Paraffin 

49.99 PhP – 0,96 USD 

Common price in Metro Manilla 

Jet A-1 

0,41 to 0,52 PhP – 0,8 to 1 USD 

Common price in Metro Manilla 

 Seasonal Variations  

Seasonal Variations 

Are there national priorities in the availability of fuel? (i.e. are there restrictions or priorities for the provision of fuel such as to the military?) 

No 

Is there a rationing system? 

No 

Is fuel to lower income / vulnerable groups subsidized? 

No

Can the local industry expand fuel supply to meet humanitarian needs? 

Yes 

Is it possible for a humanitarian organization to directly contract a reputable supplier / distributor to provide its fuel needs? 

Yes 

Fuel Transportation 

Since 2010 transportation of fuel is done with surface transport tankers through a combination of in-house and third-party companies. Transportation to Philippines many islands is usually undertaken via barge. 

While there are many smaller players who could increase activity to meet the needs of the humanitarian community, as the Philippines relies predominately on a network of surface transport tankers to transport fuel, a major disruption to road conditions in any one area could severely hamper fuel supply and availability in that area. Transportation infrastructure and fleet is sufficient to handle current domestic needs as well as increased demand from the humanitarian community. 

In a circular about the Rules and Regulations Governing the business of retailing liquid petroleum products, DoE said: “Liquid Petroleum Products shall not be dispensed from above-ground tanks, portable tanks, tank vehicles, drums, barrels or similar containers, into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles or containers”.  

Standards, Quality and Testing 

The DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau test fuel samples in random spot checks of gas stations for quality and environmental compliance, to ensure that local petroleum products adhere to the safety and quality standards of the Department of Energy (DOE). 

Industry Control Measures 

Do tanks have adequate protection against water mixing with the fuel? 

YES  

Are there filters in the system which monitor where fuel is loaded into aircraft? 

YES 

Is there adequate epoxy coating of tanks on trucks? 

YES 

Is there a presence of suitable firefighting equipment? 

YES 

 

Standards Authority 

Is there a national or regional standards authority? 

YES 

If yes, please identify the appropriate national and/or regional authority. 

National: Department of Energy 

If yes, are the standards adequate/properly enforced? 

YES 

 

Testing Laboratories 

Are there national testing laboratories? 

YES  

 

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory 

Company 

SGS Philippines, Inc. 

Name  

 

Address 

2/F Alegria Bldg. 2229 Chino Roces AvenueMakatiMetro ManilaPhilippines 1231 

Telephone and Fax 

Tel +63 (2) 784 9400 

Fa+63 (2) 818 2971 

Contact 

 

Standards Used 

ISO 9001 - ISO/ICE 17025 

 

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory 

Company 

Intertek Testing Services Philippines, Inc. 

Name  

 

Address 

Intertek Building, 2307 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines 1231 

Telephone and Fax 

Tel +63 (2) 819 5841 to 47 

Contact 

Mandy.Magat@intertek.com 

Standards Used 

ISO 9001 - PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 

 

Fuel Quality Testing Laboratory 

Company 

Bureau Veritas Philippines 

Name  

 

Address 

8/Floor Ramon Magsaysay Center1680 Roxas Blvd. cor J. Quintos St., ErmitaMANILA 1000 

Telephone and Fax 

Telephone: + 63 2 521 10 68  

Fax Number: + 63 2525 5225 

Contact 

 

Standards Used 

ISO 9001 - ISO/IEC 17025 

 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of company information in the LCA does not imply any business relationship between the supplier and WFP / Logistics Cluster, and is used solely as a determinant of services, and capacities.  

Please note: WFP / Logistics Cluster maintain complete impartiality and are not in a position to endorse, comment on any company's suitability as a reputable service provider.