Prices of vegetables and pork in Isabela province have soared despite a price freeze imposed by the government in areas hit by severe flooding.
The floods in Cagayan Valley left at least 79 million pesos in damage to agriculture as of November 18, records from the Department of Agriculture showed. Over 15,800 farmers were affected by the floods that destroyed over 11,500 hectares of farmlands.
At the public market, vegetables were being sold 10 to 20 pesos higher than prevailing prices before the floods. Garlic, ginger and onions were being sold at 150 to 200 pesos a kilo.
Vegetable sellers said they increased prices since they had been buying from suppliers outside the region.
Pork was sold for up to 300 pesos a kilo, which was higher than the previous 260 pesos.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the government had implemented a price freeze on agriculture and fishery commodities and basic essential goods, especially in flood-stricken areas.