PRICE ALERT: Makeover The Ginisang Sayote Recipe This Week

Make sayote the main veggie in your daily recipes to keep your food budget down.

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Have you been to the palengke lately? If you have, you might have noticed that the some prices of food, except for say the sayote, have risen again. 

Food prices are bound to soar in the face of the current situation. In Europe, the Ukraine-Russian conflict continues to affect global supply lines, forcing many countries to turn to other sources of the essential supplies previously available to them or refuse to export to make up for other shortages. Globally, the Covid pandemic continues to threaten to force governments to impose travel bans and lockdowns while the weather may affect crops and harvests

Inflation was reported as the highest in four years and this is in part due to the rise in gas prices. Even the supply of poultry has been affected, mostly because of the outbreak of the bird flu seen last month. This may be the reason for the current chicken shortage since not only were birds killed by the sickness but double the number of sick birds were culled to prevent its spread. The bird flu has affected chickens as well as ducks and quails. 

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These may be the reason why whole chicken began to rise in price, finally settling on P200 per kilo this June when it had been steady in previous months prior to May. Vegetables meanwhile continue to see fluctuating prices. Fortunately, the sayote or the chayote continues to be the most affordable vegetable at the palengke at P40 per kilo. This is followed by the tomatoes and kalabasa, both at P50 per kilo this week. When it comes to fish, the tilapia reigns as the most affordable fish, at P120 per kilo, followed by bangus at P160 per kilo. Rice meanwhile continues to be priced at P38 per kilo for regular milled local rice and up.

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All these situations together may have prompted President Ferdinand "Bong Bong" Marcos Jr. to direct the Department of Agriculture or DA, which he is currently sitting as temporary secretary of, to prepare for a food crisis, especially if the global situation continues to worsen. 

Are you ready for a looming food crisis? Curb the hit to your food budget and make a ginisang sayote recipe more hearty with corn and tausi or black beans or make a lumpia recipe with sayote instead of using togue for a different kind of veggie lumpia

If you're going out this weekend, here are the food items at the palengke plus their prices that you will need to take note of: 

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These prices are sourced and gathered from markets from these areas in the metro by the Department of Agriculture Price Monitoring team: 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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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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