Flower prices on the rise, too

Posted at 10/13/09 10:20 AM

MANILA - The prices of flower have also gone up due to tropical storm Pepeng's devastating effects in Baguio City and other flower-producing provinces in the Cordilleras.

Based on ABS-CBN News' monitoring at Dangwa, Manila's prime flower market, a bundle of rose priced at P60 has increased to P180.

The prices of Ladiola per bundle has risen from P60 to P150; Malaysian Mums P120 to P170; Orchids P350 to P420; Gerbera P180 to 250 and Chrysanthemum P120 to P180.

Stall owners at Dangwa said the sudden increase in prices was due to the devastation of flower farms in the Cordilleras.

They said the partial isolation of Baguio City due to damaged and debris-blocked access roads, including Marcos Highway, Kennon and Naguillan roads, have added to the sudden price increase.

ABS-CBN News reported that several stalls at Dangwa were still closed because of the high prices of flower and lack of supply.

Stall owners predict that the flower shortage will continue and affect their sales until November 1, one of the two annual occasions when flowers are in demand. With a report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News