PRICE ALERT: Rice, Garlic, Potatoes, And LPG Prices Went Up

Food is affected by the rise in gas prices, too!

If you’ve been following recent global events in Europe, you might think that the food you buy would not be affected. While Ukraine may not be one of our leading food suppliers, there might be an impact that we might feel the longer the conflict continues. 

In a news report from Malaya last March 3, the Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government agency will help monitor the suggested retail prices (SRP) of basic goods and commodities if these will be affected by the rise in gas prices. 

Already, the price for cooking at home has gone up. According to a March 1 report by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), liquified petroleum gas or LPG prices in Metro Manila went up from a low of P794 per 11-kilogram cylinder to around P1,000. This is due in part to the LPG price increase most gas companies implemented at the start of March that raised it to almost P8 per liter. For a typical household, that means it costs more to cook food at home.

If you’re worried about what other food have gone up in price, here is a list of ingredients from the palengke that have increased their prices: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

For those curious if there are ingredients that have not been affected as of yet, here is the list of ingredients at the palengke that has become cheaper that you will want as ingredients of your next ulam recipe: 

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Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

Note that 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.

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