Prices up in some calamity areas despite price freeze
MANILA, Philippines - Prices of vegetables and pork have gone up in Pateros, days after the municipality declared a state of calamity.
Several areas in Metro Manila and Luzon have declared a state of calamity after being battered by floods and heavy rains in the last few days.
Pork now sells at P195/kilo at the wet market in Pateros from P190 the other day while the prices of many vegetables have also increased.
Kangkong is now at P50 per bundle from P35; eggplant at P50 from P30; carrots at P50 from P40; pechay Tagalog from P25 to P40, dahon ng sili from P140 to P200 per bundle and mustasa from P40 to P80 per bundle.
But the prices of fish are stable at the Pateros market. Bangus is still at P120/kilo, tilapia at P90, galunggong at P120 and hasa hasa at P150/kilo.
Rice prices have also remained the same, with the cheapest commercial rice at P29-P30 and the most expensive at P39-P50/kilo. Vendors said canned good prices have also been maintained at pre-calamity levels.
Consumer Amelito Diego said the government's order of a price freeze is not really being followed as prices of several items have still gone up.
But vegetable vendor Lilia Manalo said the price freeze cannot be implemented since their suppliers jack up prices, and they in turn also have to increase prices.
However, prices of basic goods in Malabon, an area also placed under a state of calamity, have remained stable.
From vegetables to fish to rice and canned goods, prices in the main wet market have remained the same since before "Maring" and "habagat" hit the city.
But vegetable vendor Norie Bautista expects prices to go up next week when new supply comes. Bautista said vendors like him cannot do anything but pass the price adjustments to the buying public.