MANILA, Philippines — There are still no changes in the prices of prime commodities in wet markets.
According to sellers and consumers, the price of basic commodities is at a low level.
At Pritil Market in Tondo Manila, sales declined on the second day of 2019.
“May stock pa sila ng pagkain yung mga binili nila,” said vendor, Alvina Mercado.
Vendors said suppliers have yet to advise on the price increase.
“Ganun pa rin, hindi nagbago ang presyo,” said Aileen Santiago.
The price of chayote (sayote) is still affordable at P30.00 per kilo;eggplant, garlic, and carrots at P80.00 per kilo;cabbage, pechay, baguio beans, onions, tomatoes and potatoes at P60.00 per kilo; ginger at P70 per kilo and upo at P25 per kilo.
Tilapia is sold at P100 per kilo; galunggong at P150 per kilo;banggus at 100 per piece or P200 per kilo; chicken at P150 per kilo while pork is at P240 per kilo.
Consumers are pleased with the low prices of basic commodities on the first day of 2019.
However, a consumer group believes it can still go lower than its prevailing prices.
Laban Konsyumer Group said that farm gate prices have decreased due to drop in prices of petroleum products.
“Hindi lamang dapat stable ang presyo ng pangunahing bilihin. Dapat ito mababa pa dahil ang farm gate price ng gulay at manok at baboy ay mababa. Yung mababang presyo ng farm gate prices hindi agad mag-reflect sa retail kaya dapat tutukan talaga ng monitoring at enforcement,” said Laban Konsyumer President Vic Dimagiba.
Meanwhile, according to economist Wilson Lee Flores, the prices of commodities will be stable in the first month of 2019.
However, the economic effects must be guarded due to the trade war between the United States and China.
“May kaunting epekto sa paghina ng ekonomiya ng buong mundo pero ang magandang balita ang Pilipinas at Asya malakas pa rin ang ekonomiya natin,” said the economist.
Flores said that public would not be surprised with the implementation of the excise tax this year because it already started in 2018. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue