Dumaguete City soon to serve half-rice
Anytime soon, foodies based in Dumaguete City can order a half-cup of rice in any of the restaurants in the city, giving diners an option to curb their consumption of the popular Pinoy staple food.
This was after members of the Dumaguete City council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring all food businesses in the area to include half-orders of rice in their menu.
CNN Philippines’ Roy Bustillo, a Dumaguete City-based journalist, reported that the ordinance is part of the city’s effort to help address rice wastage and other food security concerns.
Dumaguete is fast earning a reputation of being a food haven among bloggers, foreign and local travelers.
The ordinance covers all food companies—restaurants, school cafeterias, food courts, and even national fast food chains operating in the city.
City Councilor Peter Catan, a supporter of the ordinance, said around 2,000 students backed the ordinance, as this would help them save on allowance.
In 2013, a similar proposal was pushed in the national level. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. filed Senate Bill No. 1863 or the “Anti-Rice Wastage Act” requiring the Department of Agriculture (DA) to penalize the practice of some restaurants, hotels, inns, canteens, steakhouses, eateries that refuse customers ordering a half-cup of rice.
Marcos argued that even with the government’s efforts to attain rice self-sufficiency, it remains an elusive goal as Filipinos still lack the discipline to eat what they can only consume.
He said data from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), show that each Filipino wastes an average of three tablespoons or nine grams of rice daily, equivalent to 3.3 kilos per year.
But the measure failed to move past second reading and is still pending in the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship. (Ched Romulo)