PRICE ALERT: Your Favorite Silog Combo Meal May Be Less Flavorful This Week

Time to learn how to use other more affordable ingredients, too!

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The month of March was weeks of price increases and decreases. The biggest change you had to deal with was the price increases affected by the rise in fuel prices. There are ways you can save money when going grocery shopping if you drive to your favorite supermarkets by using your membership card or earning fuel discount coupons, but the price of LPG or liquified petroleum gas prices in Metro Manila rose, too. You can't get a coupon for these, unfortunately! 

So, since local fuel prices, both for gas and diesel, are expected to rise yet again this month, you can expect your LPG gas tank to see a price increase as well in the coming weeks. 

Fuel prices weren't the only things affected. This week, the biggest price increase yet hit one of your favorite ingredients, especially if you love your silog meals every morning: garlic or bawang. The price of local garlic rose a staggering P50 since last week's P250 to P300 per kilo this week. Not only that, your daing na bangus silog meal and your fried chicken baon choice may be more expensive, too, since prices of both bangus and whole chicken went up, too.  

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What other ingredients had a price increase this past week? Here is a quick list to check before you visit your nearest palengke and supermarket: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao
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Despite these price increases, there are ingredients that saw a decrease, too. Love bistek but use pork instead of beef? You'll appreciate that pork kasim or the pork shoulder when down P20 again to P320 this weekend and so did the prices of both local red onions and imported white onions for this classic meal.

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Need more ulam Pinoy ideas? These are the other ingredients you should make a menu around this coming week: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao

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

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For more information about the price watch of the Department of Agriculture, visit 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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