ANF reports in Opinion:
Lunch rose to 49 percent in five years and Santa Cruz recorded the most expensive
The average price for lunch in the country climbed to 49 percent, depending on the region and in the city of Santa Cruz recorded the highest, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) prepared by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
In the past five years, the product [lunch] rose more in the city of La Paz with 49 percent and Cobija was the lowest with 9 percent. In the cities of Santa Cruz, Oruro and Sucre the increase was 32 percent.
While lunch in La Paz rose more -from January 2010 to June 2015- it is in Santa Cruz where the price in the current financial year, is the highest. In the eastern capital, lunch can cost on average Bs14.35, while in Trinidad the lowest price is Bs10.65.
The INE performs a process of collection of data in different centers of sale of this product [lunch] for the average price, however the population is not always in agreement with the information, because they perceive in their everyday lives that there are other prices.
Jubileo Foundation analyst, Jaime Perez Coronel said about it, in an earlier interview, that although the INE shows transparency through the gathering of data on the products of the basket, to set the variation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), It does not indicate which segments of the information are collected.
“I would have to see if there is an updated directory of informants, or if they are only going to ask restaurants where only Bs9 are paid for lunch,” he said.
He said the process of transparency INE only reaches the average of the prices collected.
As for breakfast prices, the highest is in Sucre with Bs11.75, almost similar to the price of their lunch Bs11.85. The lowest average price for breakfast is in the city of Oruro Bs4.57, followed by Bs5.30 for Cobija and for Santa Cruz Bs6.05.
The price for dinner in many cases surpasses lunch. In the city of Sucre the highest price in the country with Bs15.89, an amount that exceeds the cost of lunch in this region that reaches Bs11.85.
In second place is the city of Santa Cruz with a price for dinner of Bs13.78, followed by Cochabamba with Bs13.69 and Cobija with Bs13.17. The city of La Paz has the last meal of the day as the cheapest of the country with Bs7.65.