THE AVERAGE retail price of well-milled rice increased in five trading centers around mid-September, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

The PSA said in a report that the Sept. 15-17 period, which it calls the second phase of September, saw higher prices compared with the first phase of September, which ran from Sept. 1 to 5.

In the second phase, the average retail price of well-milled rice rose in Calapan City of 50 centavos to P43.77 per kilogram (/kg). In Butuan City, prices rose 36 centavos to P42.60, in Kidapawan City 23 centavos to P39.99, in the National Capital Region (NCR) 10 centavos to P43.10, and in Iloilo City eight centavos to P38.65.

Prices fell in Legazpi City by P1.86 to P38.56 and in Tacloban City by 33 centavos to P42.60.

The PSA said the average retail price of bone-in pork during the period fell in six trading centers.

NCR prices fell P21.55 to In Cebu City they fell by P10.83 to P19, in Cabanatuan City by P10 to P320, in Tacloban City by P9.42 to P237.77, in Iloilo City by P5 to P240, and in Legazpi City by P2.25 to P340.36.

Price rose in San Fernando City by P65 to P295 and in Butuan City by P10.24 to P245.

The average retail price for a kilogram of round scad (galunggong) during the period rose in five trading centers.

In Baguio City prices rose P34 to P204/kg. In San Fernando City they rose by P10 to P190, in Butuan City by P9.35 to P168.26, in Digos City by P5 to P115, and in the NCR by 67 centavos to P232.34.  

Iloilo City prices fell P4.16 to P157.92.

The average retail price of red onion for the period rose in four trading centers: Cabanatuan City by P15 to P135/kg, in Legazpi City by P5.58 to P156.28, in the NCR at P3.70 to P115.48, and in Butuan City by P3.50 to P145.

Prices fell in Cagayan de Oro City by P12.50 to P120, in Tuguegarao City by P5 to P100, and in Tacloban City by 81 centavos to P125.29. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave