Ms. Ronadale Zapata
PRICES OF GOODS IN PALENGKE STABLE—DE CASTRO
11 August 2005
EXCEPT for off-season vegetables and galunggong,
prices of basic goods and prime commodities remained relatively stable
during a palengke tour conducted by Vice President Noli
‘Kabayan’ De Castro in Pasig and Marikina cities yesterday.
The palengke tour is meant to remind all
concerned (the producers, traders, vendors, and consuming public) that
the government is closely monitoring the price situation.
According to De Castro, prices of pork,
beef, chicken were stable at P140, P200 and P100 per kilo respectively
while prices of Tilapia was unchanged at P70 per kilo.
Speaking to reporters after monitoring
prices at the Mutya ng Pasig Public Market, De Castro said prices of
certain vegetables and galunggong went up due to bad weather
and low production in Luzon.
He said prices of vegetables increased
slightly because they are currently sourced from Mindanao. Baguio, which usually supplies vegetables to
Metro Manila, has been facing problems in transporting its goods down
to the metropolis in the past few days due to bad weather, De Castro
Prices of galunggong increased
from P70 to P80 per kilo because fishing becomes difficult during rainy
days. “Our fishermen are having a difficult time catching fish when its
raining hard because during this time saltwater fish tend to go deeper
into the water,” he said. In any case, the Vice President assured that
the prices of freshwater fish like
tilapia and bangus have
At the Mutya ng Pasig Public Market,
prices of tomatoes increased from P48 to P52 per kilo in a week’s time
while prices of onions went up from P52 to P56 per kilo. From P23,
prices of ampalaya were pegged at P30 per kilo, up by P7 while
prices of repolyo scaled up from P10 to P15.
Other vegetables whose prices went up were
Baguio beans, P24 to P35; carrots, P24 to P26;
and potatoes, P18 to P20.
Aside from the bad weather, De Castro also
attributed the increase in prices of tomatoes and onions to the low
output in Central Luzon owing to the fact that its off-season for the
During the palengke tour where he
was accompanied by Mayor Enteng Eusebio, De Castro also inspected the
weighing scales of vendors which were found to be correctly calibrated.
He lauded the city government of Pasig for an orderly and clean Mutya ng Pasig
Public Market which is considered a
At the Concepcion Market in Marikina City, prices of basic goods and prime
commodities were also stable and similar to the price situation in Pasig. De Castro only noted that the prices of
dressed chicken are more expensive at Concepcion (P140 per Kilo) than
at Pasig (P90 to P100). In Marikina, De Castro was accompanied by Congressman
Del De Guzman and Vice Mayor Marion Andres.
Ref no. VPMEDIA 05-105