THE AVERAGE retail price of a kilogram of regular-milled rice rose in five regional centers during the June 15-17 period, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

The PSA considers June 15-17 to be “the second phase of June” in its periods for measuring such statistics. The first phase was June 1-5. 

PSA said in a report that Tacloban City recorded the highest increase in the average retail price of regular-milled rice of 40 centavos to P39.10 per kilogram (/kg).  

Retail prices were also up in Baguio City, rising 30 centavos to P33.20/kg. In Legazpi City they rose 20 centavos to P33.70/kg; in Kidapawan City 16 centavos to P35.67/kg; and the National Capital Region (NCR) six centavos to P38.26/kg.  

The average retail price of regular-milled rice fell in Cebu City by P1.75 to P41.20/kg; Calapan City, by 50 centavos to P34.50/kg; Digos City by 50 centavos to P37/kg; and Butuan City by 40 centavos to P36.40/kg.

The PSA also found that the average retail price for a kilogram of bone-in pork fell in six regional centers during the period.

Butuan City and Batangas City posted the sharpest declines of P10 to P260/kg and P350/kg, respectively.  

Other areas where prices fell were Cabanatuan City, where it declined P5 to P335/kg; Tuguegarao City, by P5 to P315/kg; and the NCR by P4 to P319.56/kg.

Tacloban City recorded a P7.50 increase to P277.50/kg, followed by San Fernando City and Baguio City, where the price rose P5 to P280/kg and P285/kg, respectively.  

Meanwhile, the PSA said the average retail price of a kilogram of round scad (galunggong) fell in six regional centers during the period.  

Cabanatuan City had the sharpest price decline of P20 to P170/kg; followed by Digos City at P17.50 to P142.50/kg; Legazpi City at P10 to P160/kg; and Tacloban City at P7.50 to 

The average retail price of galunggong also fell P2.50 to P247.50/kg in Calapan City and P2 to P210.44/kg in the NCR.

Pagadian City had the highest increase in the retail price of galunggong of P15 to P160/kg.

The average retail price of a kilogram of red onion rose P15 to P135/kg in Butuan City, followed by Baguio City, where it also rose P15 to P105/kg.  The retail price of red onion rose P10 in Digos City and Iloilo City to P100/kg and P110/kg, respectively.

“On the other hand, its average retail price per kilogram dropped by P10 to P140/kg in Legazpi City during the second phase of June 2021,” the PSA said. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave