[by Rick Daligdig]
Christmas is just around the corner, from Jose Marie Chan’s “Christmas in our Hearts” dubbed as the Anthem of this season, to the night markets, tianges, mall wide sales and even the so called “Christmas rush hour” in the streets of EDSA, All of these makes us feel that the most wonderful time of the year cannot be delay. But wait, the question is, Are we having a Merry Christmas?
Inflation which indicates the general price level whether to rise or fall relative to the available goods and services cools down for the third straight month of November at 4.2% from 4.6% in October. What does this mean? The buying power of our Peso is strong or in other words, we can buy more on what is the usual.
Watch out for the Uptick.
But in the past days we see a different kind of story, vegetables like sitaw, okra, talong, ampalaya, sibuyas had almost double their prices. Example, In a particular market, Sitaw increase from P100 per bundle to P180 per bundle, okra from 60pesos to 120 pesos per bundle, eggplant: 60pesos/kgs – 120pesos/kgs, ampalaya 70php/kgs – 120php/ kgs and sibuyas 140php/kgs – 180php/kgs.
Pork, liempo stood at 320-340 php/kgs.
Considering that downtrend of oil prices in the world market, no strong and destructive typhoons enter to our country plus the easing of restrictions in Covid 19 are some factors that could affect the price of this commodity to stabilize or better decreases.
Government regulators are now investigating regarding this incident.
We can have a Merry Christmas!
Pinoys, known for being resourceful (maparaan) can think of ways to make this celebration still happy and memorable. For instance, instead of chicken, we can alternate it with seafood like tilapia, bangus. We can ask for a discount to our suki sellers, we can try other brand of products which is cheaper than you usually buy. Being practical and innovative is the key, so that our budget this Christmas will have a long way to go. After all, What most important is you celebrate it with the one’s you cherished most. #DM