NFA-Davao wants 'half-rice' ordinance passed
Subscribe Now July 27, 2016 at 05:50pm
The ordinance aims to require businesses to include one-half cup of rice in their menu, following a 2012 Presidential Proclamation for the responsible consumption of rice.
According to documents from the city council, the measure had been proposed by the National Food Authority (NFA) since 2013.
NFA Davao official Felimon T. Cangrejo reiterated this proposal to Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte, who, in turn, asked local lawmakers to pass an ordinance on responsible rice consumption.
According to Cangrejo, “every Filipino wastes about two tablespoons of cooked rice every meal.”
Data from 2010 showed that this translated to a total of 13% of rice imports amounting to P6.2 billion.
This means that the wasted rice could have fed 2.6 million Filipinos in one year.
The proposed measure is called the Davao City Rice Conservation Ordinance.
The ordinance requires the inclusion of one-half cup of cooked rice in the menus of food establishments, and also provides for the fines that will be imposed on those who will not follow the directive. Similar ordinances have also been passed in Quezon City and General Santos City.
The proposed ordinance covers all businesses, institutions, and companies responsible for any sale of meals including but not limited to restaurants, schools, offices, hospitals, cafeterias, catering operations, fast food chains and other food related services operating within the territorial jurisdiction of the City.
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