Manila store to allow customers to pay with onions

Manila store to allow customers to pay with onionsManila store to allow customers to pay with onions
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Michelle De Pacina
February 3, 2023
A discount store in the Philippines will be accepting onions as a mode of payment for select in-store items.
As the prices of onions in the nation have soared in recent months, the expensive commodity can now apparently be used to pay for household items.
In a viral Facebook post, which has already received over 18,000 likes since it was shared on Wednesday, Japan Home Centre (JHC), which claims to be the Philippines’ “first and only Japanese discount store,” announced that customers can exchange onions for their chosen product.
“We are accepting cash, coins, and ONIONS as payment for our selected items!” JHC wrote.
The store noted that payment via onions will only apply to select goods on Saturday. There is also a maximum of three items per purchase for each customer.
The promo is exclusive to JHC’s Panay Avenue branch, which is located at 84 Panay Ave. in Quezon City.
The collected onions will reportedly be donated to the branch’s community pantry to help those who suffer from food insecurity. 
JHC opened its first branch in 2004 in Market Market, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 
According to their website, JHC now has over 200 branches nationwide.
Onions have sold for as much as 600 Philippine pesos (approximately $11) per kilogram in local markets, which is higher than the Philippines’ daily minimum wage.
However, prices are expected to go down to 100 Philippine pesos (approximately $1.90) to 150 Philippine pesos (approximately $2.80) per kilo following the import of more than 5,000 metric tons of onions into the country.

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