May 2021 Price Situation in the Cordillera (Base Year: 2012)

Release Date: 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Reference Number: 

SR 2021-19

Consumer Price Index

  • Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the general measure of the change in the average retail prices of a market basket or collection of goods and services commonly purchased by the average Filipino household.
  • The CPI of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in May 2021 was 125.2. This was higher by 4.2 index points from the 121.0 CPI of May 2020 using 2012 as base year.
  • In general, the CPI increased reflecting the rise in the average prices of goods and services in all the six provinces of CAR.
Figure 1. Consumer Price Index by Province,
CAR: May 2021 (2012=100)
  • Among the CAR provinces, Kalinga posted the highest CPI for May 2021 with 132.3, followed by Apayao with 128.3, and Ifugao with 125.3 while Mountain Province posted the lowest CPI with 121.9.

CPI by Commodity Groups

  • Among the commodity groups, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco had the highest CPI in the region with 257.7 index points. The province of Apayao incurred the highest CPI on this commodity with 448.3 index points, followed by Abra, Kalinga, and Ifugao with 364.0, 347.6, and 266.5 index points, respectively.
  • Clothing and Footwear ranked second among the commodity groups in the region for May 2021 with 131.4 index points. Among the provinces, Kalinga had the highest index on clothing and footwear with 141.4, while Apayao had the lowest with 127.1 index points.
  • Education registered the third highest CPI with 128.9 index points. Kalinga recorded the highest index on education with 193.9, followed by Mountain Province and Benguet with 129.4 and 128.5 index points, respectively.
  • Communication incurred the lowest CPI among the commodity groups in the region during the month of May 2021 with 102.3 index points. The province of Abra incurred the highest index on communication with 105.0 index points, while Mountain Province had the lowest with 98.0 index points.
  • Among the CAR provinces, Kalinga incurred the highest CPI for all items with 132.3, while Mountain Province garnered the lowest index with 121.9 in May 2021.
Figure 2. Consumer Price Index by Commodity Group and by Province,
CAR: May 2021 (2012=100)
  • By index point change, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco recorded the highest increase with 18.9 index points. Increases were also incurred in Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (7.0 points), Transport (6.4 points), and Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (5.5). The rest of the commodity groups reported minimal annual increases.
Figure 3. Year-on-Year Consumer Price Index by Commodity Group,
CAR: May 2020 and 2021 (2012=100)
Inflation Rate
  • The average increase in the prices of goods and services in the region was 3.5% in May 2021, higher by 0.9 percentage point with the inflation of 2.6% in May 2020.
  • Ifugao posted the highest inflation rate in May 2021 with 4.9%, followed by Kalinga and Apayao both with 4.1%. Mountain Province incurred the lowest inflation among all CAR provinces with 2.5%.
  • Only Mountain Province had lower inflation rate for May 2021 compared to May 2020. All remaining provinces recorded higher inflation rates for May 2021 compared to May 2020.
Figure 4. Year-on-Year Inflation Rates by Province,
CAR: May 2020 and 2021 (2012=100)
By Commodity Group
  • Inflation rate of the heavily-weighted Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages increased by 0.7 percentage points from the April 2021 rate of 3.8% to 4.5% in May 2021.
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco remained to have the highest inflation rate among other commodities in the region with 7.9% in May 2021 followed by Transportation with 6.3%, and Restaurant and Miscellaneous Goods and Services with 5.8%.

Figure 5. Inflation Rates by Commodity Groups, CAR: May 2021 (2012=100)

  • Among all other commodities, Recreation and Culture incurred a deflation (decrease in the general price level of goods and services; occurs when the inflation rate falls below 0% - a negative inflation rate) with 0.3%.

By Food Items, Year-on-Year

  • Among the food items, Corn recorded the highest CPI in the region in May 2021 with 188.1. This was followed by Meat, Fish, and Fruits with 149.2, 147.8, and 145.9 index points, respectively.
  • By index point change, Meat recorded the highest with 25.1. Corn followed with 17.8 index point increase followed by Vegetables with 11.8 index point decrease.
Figure 6. Year-on-Year CPI and Inflation Rates of Selected Food Items,
CAR: May, Year 2020 and 2021 (2012=100)
Purchasing Power of the Peso (PPP)
  • The Purchasing Power of the Peso (PPP) in all the provinces generally weakened in May 2021 compared to the same month of the previous year.
  • The value of 1 peso in the region was 80 centavos in May 2021. It dropped by three centavos from 83 centavos in May 2020. Mountain Province had the highest peso value with 82 centavos, followed by Abra with 81 centavos. Meanwhile, Kalinga had the lowest peso value with 76 centavos.
  • Conversely, a basket of goods that can be bought with 100 pesos in December 2012 is worth 125.2 pesos in May 2021.
  • Also, the hundred pesos in 2012 was worth 80 pesos in May 2021.
Figure 7. Worth of a Hundred Pesos by Province,
CAR: May 2020 and 2021 (2012=₱100)