High food prices tagged as poor families’ inflation hits 8%
High food prices pushed up inflation among the country’s poorest families to 8 percent year-on-year in August, the government reported Monday.
The rate of increase in prices of basic goods among those belonging to the bottom 30 percent income households rose from 7.3 percent last July and 3 percent in August last year, the latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data showed.
Using the year 2000 as base, the consumer price index (CPI) inflation rate for this consumer group that month was the highest since the start of 2014, according to available data on the PSA’s website.
“The indices of all the commodity groups posted higher annual rates during the month, except for the fuel, light and water index whose annual increment slowed down to 10.2 percent,” the PSA said in a report.
For the food alone index, prices climbed 7.8 percent year-on-year last August from 6.9 percent a month ago and 3 percent a year ago.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), prices among the poor jumped 8.3 percent year-on-year in August from a month ago’s 7.6 percent and a year ago’s 4.7 percent.
In Metro Manila, the biggest month-on-month price increases were posted in the following commodity groups: cereal preparations (up 3 percent), fruits and vegetables (15 percent), meat (7.2 percent), miscellaneous foods (7.9 percent), and rice (3.6 percent).
As for areas outside the NCR, the inflation rate for the bottom 30 percent income households also increased to 8 percent last August from 7.3 percent in July and 3 percent in August 2017.
Except for the Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao regions, all other regions recorded faster price increases that month.
Food prices rose 7.3 percent and 7.8 percent year-on-year within and outside Metro Manila, respectively.
Previously, CPI data for the bottom 30 percent income households were being publicly released by the PSA on a quarterly basis.
But in a text message, National Statistician Lisa Grace S. Bersales said: “We decided to release the [monthly] information to the public due to many requests, and we didn’t want the information to be limited to only those who requested.”
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