CHARITY FOR A CAUSE. Personnel from the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police and Highway Patrol Group conducted a ‘charity ride for an animal bite victim.’ The event was participated by 170 riders led by B/Gen. Owen Andarino, deputy director for administration, was able to raise funds of P30,500 which they gave to the mother of baby Sheila, a 2-year-old girl from Calbiga, Samar who was attacked by four dogs last month. The girl has now returned home and is recuperating from the wounds she sustained from the attack. (POLICE REGIONAL OFFICE 8)

TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas recorded a 3.4 percent inflation rate in March, the region’s slowest in six months and sixth among all regions, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Friday (April 12).

The previous slowest rate of price increase in the region was 4.9 percent in September 2023, while the February level was at 3.7 percent.

In a press briefing, PSA Eastern Visayas Director Wilma Perante traced the downward trend to the faster annual decrease in the housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels index at 3.2 percent in March 2024 from an annual decrease of 1.6 percent in February.

“The slower inflation rate in the indices of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 6.5 percent this month from 6.7 percent in February, and alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 6.7 percent from eight percent last month also contributed to this downtrend,” she added.
The inflation rate is a measurement of the rise in the price of a good or service over a period reflected as a percentage.

Among the region’s six provinces, Samar posted the highest inflation in March at 4.3 percent, followed by Leyte, 3.7 percent; Biliran and Southern Leyte, both at 3.5 percent; Northern Samar, 2.5 percent; and Eastern Samar, 2.2 percent.

Contrary to common knowledge, Perante said low inflation does not necessarily mean that prices of commodities are decreasing.

Instead, it means that prices continue to increase but at a slower rate.

Data collection for the consumer price index is done by the PSA provincial twice monthly, except for petroleum products which they monitor every Friday.