Inflation rate in
EV increases further to 2.3% in August 2020
September 16, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Inflation Rate (IR) in Eastern Visayas increased further to 2.3
percent in August 2020. This IR is 0.6 percentage point higher
compared with the 1.7 percent IR in July 2020. This is also 1.8
percentage points higher than the recorded 0.5 percent IR in the
same period last year.
The regional IR is 0.1
percentage point lower than the 2.4 percent national average
inflation rate in August 2020.
Northern Samar, Samar,
Eastern Samar, and Leyte registered higher inflation rates in August
2020 compared with their figures in July 2020. Samar recorded the
highest growth of 1.4 percentage points, from 2.9 percent IR in July
2020 to 4.3 percent IR in August 2020. The rest of the provinces
registered increases ranging from 0.2 percentage point to 0.6
percentage point. Meanwhile, Southern Leyte and Biliran, retained
their previous month’s inflation rates of 3.0 percent and 0.8
percent, respectively. Northern Samar posted the highest IR at 5.1
percent, while Biliran recorded the lowest IR during the month in
review at 0.8 percent.
Majority of the 11
commodity groups in the region exhibited higher IRs in August 2020
compared with their rates in July 2020. Transport commodity group
registered the biggest increase of 1.5 percentage points, from 1.0
percent deflation in July 2020 to 0.5 percent IR in August 2020. The
1.4 percent IR in the index for transport services offset the 2.5
percent deflation in the index for operation of personal transport
IRs for restaurant and
miscellaneous goods and services commodity group and furnishings,
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house commodity
group both recorded 0.7 percentage point increase, posting 4.4
percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in August 2020.
Compared with the July
2020 level, the IRs for the commodity groups of housing, water,
electricity, gas and other fuels (1.5 percent); health (1.2 percent)
were both higher by 0.5 percentage point in August 2020.
The commodity group of
clothing and footwear went up by 0.3 percentage point, from 3.0
percent in July 2020 to 3.3 percent in August 2020. This can be
traced back to higher IRs recorded in both indices for clothing (3.7
percent) and footwear (2.2 percent).
The IR of food and
non-alcoholic beverages commodity group inched up by 0.4 percentage
point to 2.2 percent in August 2020 from 1.8 percent in July 2020.
Higher IRs were noted in majority of the items under this commodity
group. Vegetables index registered the highest increase of 1.9
percentage points, posting 8.3 percent IR in August 2020 from 6.4
percent IR in July 2020. Double digit IR was still noted in fruits
index during the month in review at a higher rate of 15.9 percent.
Rice and bread and cereals indices continued to register deflations
but at slower rates of 1.7 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.
Meat index, meanwhile, retained its 0.2 percent deflation recorded
in July 2020.
On the other hand,
recreation and culture commodity group declined by 3.1 percentage
points to 2.0 percent deflation in August 2020 from 1.1 percent IR
in July 2020. This can be attributed to the significant decrease in
the index for recreational and cultural services to a double-digit
deflation rate of 11.1 percent in August 2020, from 0.9 percent IR
in July 2020.
IR for alcoholic beverages
and tobacco commodity group eased down by 0.1 percentage point,
settling at 7.6 percent during the month in review.
group retained its previous month’s deflation at 1.7 percent.
Education, meanwhile, sustained its zero IR in August 2020.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.79 in August 2020. This PPP
implies that the goods and services worth P79.00 in 2012 is worth
P100.00 in August 2020.
PPP in Eastern Samar and
Samar weakened by P0.01, while the rest of the provinces sustained
their PPP last month. Biliran recorded the strongest PPP at P0.83.
Leyte ranked second at P0.81, followed by Southern Leyte at P0.80,
and Eastern Samar at P0.77. Northern Samar and Samar posted the
weakest PPP at P0.73.