Welcome the new decade with a new fuel excise tax hike

Updated Jan 08, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

As we meet a new year, the third and final tranche of the TRAIN law looms on us. Affected of course are fuel prices due to the new excise tax rates.

The TRAIN law’s last tranche and prices of fuel products

Effective January 1, the prices of several fuel products which include automotive fuels like gasoline and diesel as well as other fuel products like processed gas, denatured alcohol and kerosene will be seeing an increase in price.

This is due to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law, also known as the TRAIN law.

Since the said law was implemented in 2017, fuel product prices will have increased a total of Php 10 per liter.

A gas station

We're used to fuel price increases by now, but a Php 1.50 increase in diesel SURE HURTS the ol' wallet

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As for the latest increases due to the last and final tranche, please refer to the table below list the new rates of the fuel excise tax for each major fuel product;

Fuel Product
Tax Increase per liter
Php 1
Php 1.50
Php 1
Processed Gas
Php 1
Denatured Alcohol
Php 1

Despite the increase, there’s actually a provision under RA10963 which states that if average crude oil prices based on Mean of Platts Singapore reach or go beyond USD 80, then the increase of the excise tax on fuel shall be put on hold.

As of December 2019 though, the price per barrel of crude was at USD 61 so the tax increase indeed went into effect on January 1, 2020.

Last Wednesday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy to improve their monitoring of fuel retailers to curb fuel hoarding which of course greatly affects prices in their favor.

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A gas pump in the province

Hopefully, DOE's monitoring will reach even the remotest of Philippine provinces

In his statement, the Senator said that we (concerned authorities) shouldn’t allow fuel retailers to take advantage of customers by selling products from their old inventory at a higher price especially when these were brought before the 3rd tranche of the excise tax hike on fuel took effect.

To combat this profiteering practice, the Department of Energy requires fuel retailers to implement the tax hike ONLY on inventory bought in 2020 and NOT on old stocks.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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