Actual inflation rate in June exceeded the government’s outlook as it stood at 5.2 percent, a record-high in more than five years.
Data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Thursday showed that price pressures accelerated faster than May 2018’s rate of 4.6 percent.
“It was primarily brought about by higher annual rate posted in the heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages index at 6.1 percent,” the PSA explained.
For food items alone, index went up to 5.8 percent in June mainly contributed by higher prices of corn with inflation rate of 14.1 percent; vegetables, 8.6 percent; meat, 5 percent; and rice, 4.7 percent.
Other contributors to higher inflation last month were alcoholic beverages and tobacco which rose 20.8 percent; transport, up 7.1 percent; and housing, water, electricity gas, and other fuels, up 4.6 percent.
With the opening of classes last month, education component also increased by 4 percent.
Earlier, the Department of Finance projected inflation at 4.9 percent, while the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has seen last month’s price pressures’ rate within 4.3 percent to 5.1 percent. PNA