Inflation in the Philippines surges to 6.4% in August 2018. (BusinessWorld)
Inflation is defined as the general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.
Prices soar. People are complaining about high prices of basic commodities.
As I am writing this article a friend and batchmate at the university posted that:
“One of the scariest places to go nowadays is the market.”
It’s because of very high prices of commodities.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that the increasing inflation rates would severely impact poor families.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque however said:
“Take it easy, it is still normal, it is nothing to worry about.” He claimed that inflation is under control. (PhilStar)
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez even urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fire the government’s economic managers.
The lawmaker said that they are “not capable of doing what they are tasked to do.”(CNN Philippines).
With the above scenario, what could the people do to fight inflation?
Grow your own food. Start gardening.
The Vice President Leni Robredo also advice the Filipinos to do this. “Economize, plant vegetables to fight inflation,” she said.
A friend and former officemate, Thess, uploaded pictures of her garden saying these are her “sagot sa kahirapan” (solution to poverty).
She calls herself the “Accidental Gardener.”
Alugbati (Indian Spinach)
Corn & Papaya(the smaller plant)
How about those with no space or backyard?
It can still be done.
Use flower pots or big cans or any container.
Take a look at this:
Kangkong (water spinach)
Or if you have a rooftop. You can also use that to grow your own food.
Though rooftops are not structured for gardening, few light pots of tomatoes or eggplants, or okra are probably fine.