PRICE ALERT: Make Tortang Repolyo This Week

Skip the meat this week and go veggie!

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If you've been craving food that you normally have delivered lately, you may have noticed that more than one food establishment has reported a shortage of some kind. Whether there really is a shortage of potatoes affecting your usual order at your favorite fast-food place or your weekend meal is sad because you can't have your toasted ensaymada for merienda, many factors beyond our control can change our food choices. 

Pork prices have yet to drop to what they used to be pre-pandemic and pre-African Swine Fever (ASF). The high price of pork rose from its previous low of P200 per kilo for pork kasim (pork shoulder) to P340 per kilo which is considered the new "normal" price of pork. This has made beef as competitive as pork in the meat department since both are now over P300 per kilo, with a P20 to P40 difference depending on the cut you are buying. 

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Even vegetables have suffered from a seesaw of price increases and decreases over the past year. The lone exception is the sayote which continues to be one of the most affordable vegetables and the most steady in price at the palengke at a low of P30 and a max of P40 according to the price monitoring of the Department of Agriculture (DA). However, it has not been totally immune to price increases and decreases either. 

This week, cabbage or repolyo, pechay Tagalog, pechay Baguio, and sayote are the clear winners in the veggie price department, while siling labuyo continues to be expensive. What other vegetables as well as fruits, spices, and kinds of meat have increased and decreased in prices this week? Find out with this quick guide on what you may expect at your next palengke shopping trip this weekend: 

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These palengke prices are sourced and gathered only from these markets in these areas in the metro: Commonwealth, Guadalupe, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Mega Q-Mart, Muntinlupa, Muñoz, Pasay, Pasig, Pritil, Quinta, San Andres. 

For more information about the price monitoring of selected agricultural and fishery commodities in the metro by the Department of Agriculture, visit Price Watch on the government agency's website

Price Alert is a weekly roundup of the prices of common goods and other ingredients monitored using the Department of Agriculture's Price Watch. 

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