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Inflation reaches a record low in July — NEDA

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Wednesday that slower price adjustments in food, energy, and oil pushed inflation to its new lowest level in 20 years.
Headline inflation rate plummeted further to 0.8 % in July 2015 from 1.2 % in the previous month and 4.9 percent in July 2014, according to the report of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
“Inflation remained low and stable in the first semester of 2015 while year-to-date headline inflation lodged below the inflation target range of 2.0 to 4.0% set by the government for 2015. In fact, using the current base year 2006, the July 2015 inflation rate is a new record low, covering the monthly inflation series from 1995 to June 2015,” said Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.
Headline inflation in the food subgroup eased further in July 2015 (1.3% from 2.1% in June), following moderate price pressures in bread and cereals, fish, vegetables, and fruits. Non-food inflation also reflected stable price movements in July 2015 following continued rollbacks in the prices of electricity, gas, and other fuels.
Meanwhile, core inflation, which excludes selected volatile food and energy prices, slid further to 1.9% from 2.0% in June 2015 and 3.0% in July 2014. Core inflation in the first seven months of 2015 averaged at 2.3%.
On the other hand, inflation in the National Capital Region accelerated due to slight increases in the prevailing prices of basic necessities and prime commodities. In contrast, all regions, except the Davao Region (Region XI), registered slower year-on-year price increases, thus resulting in a moderated overall inflation of 0.8% in July 2015 for from 1.4% in June 2015 and 5.1% same period a year ago.
Amid low and stable inflation this year, Balisacan emphasized the need for the government to be wary of the upside risks to inflation such as the occurrence of typhoons in the second semester which is expected to be intensified by the prolonged El Nino.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.