By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The price of lechon or roast pig in Bacolod City is expected to rise in the coming days as the holiday season gets nearer.
In an interview with the Badayos family, the proprietors of Mina’s Lechon located at Purok Lechonan in Bacolod City’s Barangay 36, they said even with the improving conditions with the country now slowly coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still expecting sales to be poor.
The price of hogs are also becoming more expensive wherein they have noted a difference of around P500 to P1,000 a piece.
They are also blaming the lack of supply due to the current demand in Metro Manila, as well as the threat of the African Swine Fever (ASF).
Mina’s Lechon is also getting most of their supply of hogs from the neighboring province of Negros Oriental.
It is possible that the shortages may be experienced by next month, around December 15 onwards.
As regulations on social gatherings are now slowly being lifted, the proprietors of Mina’s along with the other establishments serving lechon in the area are still hopeful that things will become better compared to last year when they were really hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for the current price of lechon, they said it currently runs at a minimum of P4,500. However, it could spike to around P5,000 by the holiday season./DGB, WDJ