PRICE ALERT: Get Creative And Make Sinigang Sa Kamatis At Kalabasa

These ingredients are two of the most affordable right now.

IMAGE Majoy Siason-Bascos

Since food is now seen as a national security risk, your ingredient choices this week can make a delicious sinigang na manok sa kamatis at kalabasa ulam meal that can be within your budget.  

The price of food will always be a hot issue since everybody eats, but it's not often that food is deemed a "national security issue". With food supply chains already disrupted by the continued Russian-Ukraine conflict, the problem of supplying certain food to certain parts of the world is being felt more than ever. 

What is food security? 

Food security is the ability of a country's citizens to access food. This includes an individual's right to be supplied with enough food that meets the nutritional requirements necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. With increasing prices of food as well as other basic commodities, however, comes the lack of funds to buy enough for one's needs. That's why food security is suddenly an issue since more and more people are having a harder time buying food within their limited budgets.


If you, too, are having a harder time budgeting your groceries, shop smarter by learning what ingredients are more affordable this week than the previous week. This way, you can stay within your budget even before you step out of your home. If that sinigang recipe sounds delicious, you should know that whole chicken stays steady at P200 per kilo while kalabasa and kamatis are just two among the three vegetables that continue to stay at P50 and below per kilo among the veggies. (The other is the ever-affordable sayote.) 

What other ingredients had a price increase this week and which ones dropped? Here's a quick cheat sheet of food prices that changed at the palengke over the week to help you stay within your budget this week: 

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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. 

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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