Cynthia Villar: Can’t afford galunggong? Eat vegetables instead


If Filipinos cannot afford to buy galunggong, then instead they should eat vegetables, Senate Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform Committee chair Cynthia Villar said on Tuesday, regarding reports of the sudden price increase on the “poor man’s fish.”

According to Villar, high demand for round scad would only “encourage” the market to increase its price.

As quoted by ABS-CBN, she told reporters that “Edi wag kumain ng galunggong, diba?”

Known as the poor man’s fish, prices for galunggong have shot up to as much as Php 380.00 per kilo, with a low of Php 160.00, according to the latest market survey by the Philippine Statistics Authority. In comparison, Metro Manila’s minimum wage is pegged at Php 500.00 as of November of 2018—we know the chances of an individual buying a kilo of galunggong every day are slim, but we will let the numbers speak for themselves.



Including galunggong, an importation of over 450,000 tons of fish has already been greenlit by the Department of Agriculture to level out the fluctuating prices, which were brought about by the closed fishing season.

The senator added, “Gustong-gusto nila mag-import. May naglalakad pa sa akin na bigyan daw sila ng import permit sa galunggong. Bakit ba patay na patay tayo?” “Why do you like round scad whenit is scarce? It only encourages the price increase. Why do they not like eating vegetables?” According to her, people should buy vegetables instead.

To be frank, we know where she is coming from. It is the most obvious answer to the rising prices of fish; for some reason, why worry about the fact that galunggong is now more expensive than pork and chicken? Living is expensive, so might as well just keep on adjusting. To follow her advice, we listed down all the other food items you may want to avoid to save money:

  • Red onions
  • Bangus
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Pechay
  • Garlic
  • Chicken
  • Ampalaya
  • Bananas
  • Eggplants
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