Consumers, vendors adjust to rise in prices of commodities

CONSUMERS in Pangasinan are now complaining about the seeming unabated rise in prices of prime commodities.

Jose Arguiza, 71 years old of Guilig Street in Lingayen said, his family can now hardly afford to have rice, fish and vegetable for a full meal because of the high prices of the basic commodities at the Lingayen Public Market.

Ruby Teduco, a rice retailer in Lingayen confirmed that since the start of rainy season and the opening of classes in schools, the price of rice has increased from P1 to P2 per kilo, like the sinandomeng rice is already pegged at P44 to P45 a kilo.

She said the price of rice is expected to spike until the next harvest season in October.

NFA rice is also a blockbuster for the ordinary consumer to avail the lower price.

Teduco said because of limited quantity, and the lower price, a consumer can only buy maximum of five kilos each time.

“We’re forced to limit purchases because the supply we get from NFA is limited to 30 cavans a day only,” Teduco said.

But the price of NFA rice has also increased to P32 a kilo, from P27 a kilo last week.

Even the prices of fish, vegetable and meat have also increased.

The best seller Dagupan bangus is sold at P150 per kilo and consumers buy vegetables by piece for the day’s consumption.

Mila, a vegetable vendor, said the only way to encourage household consumers is to allow them to buy by piece, no longer by bulk, and for the conscientious vegetable eater, we have started to sell ingredients for pinakbet in packs.

Mila Sales, meat vendor, said only the price of pork remains stable at P220 per kilo, P280 a kilo of beef and P150 per kilo of chicken meat. (Nora Dominguez)


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