PRICE ALERT: Make Your Favorite Bangus Recipes Spicier With Siling Labuyo

Make spicy bangus recipes this week!

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ILLUSTRATOR Camille Georgia Uy

If you love spicy food, we've got good news for you: you can now add more heat to your favorite dishes as the price of siling labuyo has gone down from P400 to P300 per kilo! This is your sign to ramp up the spice level of your Bicol express, or to stock up your pantry with homemade chili garlic oil.

You can also use siling labuyo to make this homemade Spanish-style sardines with bangus, and it won't break the bank because bangus also saw a P20 price drop: from P180, it is now P160 per kilo. If you want something simpler, breaking open a few pieces of siling labuyo in a soy-vinegar dip is a great way to spice up your inihaw na bangus. You can also explore other ways to make delicious and budget-friendly dishes with these bangus recipes.

On the other hand, it's more important than ever to pay attention when you're shopping for onions, because while local red and white onion and imported white onion prices all increased, there's a big difference by how much. Of the three, imported white onions saw the biggest price increase: it is now P200 per kilo, which is a P60 hike from last week's P140 per kilo price.

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The red onions don't only make this ensaladang talong recipe more flavorful, they make it more colorful too!
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Local white onions are up by P40: they're at P180 per kilo now from last week's P140, while local red onions are relatively more affordable at P140 per kilo (from P120 last week). It's easy enough to swap out white onions with red onions; for example, this chopsuey recipe will still be deliciously flavorful either way. The use of red onions is excellent in this ensaladang talong recipe that features eggplants, which saw a price drop from P100 per kilo to P90 per kilo.

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As market prices continue to fluctuate, issues of food security were addressed by President Bongbong Marcos in his State of the Nation Address. Marcos reported that he has ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to finalize its operational plan in increase the production and lower the costs of rice, corn, vegetables, livestock, poultry, and fisheries in the next season.

His plans concerning the agriculture section include reviving the Kadiwa Center, to help reduce market prices by creating trading centers that will help local farmers bring their products straight to local markets.

Marcos also mentioned other programs intended to ease the burden on local farmers and fisherfolk, which include giving loans, technical and financial assistance, and establishing a network of farm-to-market roads to help make food transport more efficient.

Meanwhile, you can score fruits and vegetables with affordable prices and help local farmers by purchasing your produce from online fresh markets who not only aim to support farmers during these challenging times; they also offer door-to-door deliveries!

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Here's a quick summary of other price changes in the market:

Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel Talao
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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.

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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