VENDORS at Bankerohan Public Market expect an increase in prices of some traditional ingredients for food prepared traditionally during Holy Week.
Based on the price monitoring conducted by Sunstar Davao at the Bankerohan Public Market, the ingredients for "binignit" are increasing. The lubi or coconuts are sold at P25 per piece(pc) to P30/pc. Coconut meat is sold at P40 per kilogram (kg), gabi at P60/kg to P70/kg, sweet potatoes or kamote at P40/kg, and jackfruits at P150/kg to P200/kg.
Sago and landang are expected to remain at P60/kg and cooked sago at P10/cup.
Vendors said its prices are higher than the previous week, as the demand will increase due to the Holy Week. They also pointed out that supplies may not meet the demand.
"Kana ang musaka ang price kay talagsa ra man sa isa ka tuig na (The increase in prices of these ingredients usually happens during this time of the year)," Omar Sangcoban, a fruit vendor in Bankerohan Public Market said, March 31.
Meanwhile, the prices of “kakanin” ingredients are expected to also increase by around P1 or more. As of now, pure malagkit is being sold at P76/kg, tapol at P76/kg, special malagkit at P58/kg, and kinugay at P100/kg.
"Ang malagkit pure gikan P55/kg to P56/kg nana, bale Piso isaka ana (The price of glutinous rice increased by P1 to P56/kg from P55/kg),” Juarlito Maganding, another vendor said.
While the price of sugar is stable at P90/kg due to the sufficient stock, according to the vendors.
"Karong Holy Week, wala ko kasiguro ana, daghan man gud og stocks sa asukal, dili na siguro na mutaas na (It is least unlikely the price of sugar will further go up because we have enough supply)," Darvic Tinggoy, another vendor said. ICE with Roselle Magayon and Kimberly Sulla, DNSC Interns