Yes, are you kidding me?! Because that is Lia’s favorite line and because, if you know me, I eat at least 2 cups of rice every meal. Not that it shows, but that is not the point. According to this bill, if I go to a restaurant and order a meal, instead of ordering 1 extra rice for myself for say Php10-30, price depending on what kind of restaurant, or where this restaurant is located, I will be ordering 3 extra cups of rice! And that means Php30-90 more on my bill, right? Unless of course they only charge half the price because it is only half the standard serving.

As if it is not enough that it irks me endlessly to know that we, as an Asian country, and the location of the Rice Research Institute no less, cannot produce enough rice to feed the population and have to resort to importing rice, these lawmakers have the audacity to propose a law that will supposedly reduce rice wastage. Fine, I may be one of the few who eat more rice than the usual serving (and actually have nothing to show for it) but this bill does not address the problem at all – which is rice shortage.

Mikka Wee of Pepper.ph wrote about the issue yesterday on her article, “Will Serving Rice at Half Portions Now Be Mandatory Because of a New Bill?” in reaction to the article that came out on Manila Standard Today last month, “Amid rice crisis, two lawmakers push anti-wastage bill“, while HecklerForever made mention of it in his blog titled, “Megan Young Pork?

To quote from the article that came out on Manila Standard Today:

…Two administration lawmakers on Tuesday vowed to file a measure that would address the P8.4-billion worth of rice that Filipinos waste every year.

Mark Llandro Mendoza of Batangas and Agapito Guanlao of Butil, chairmen of the House committees on agriculture, and on food security, respectively, said that their proposal intended to address the increasing rice prices amid uncertainty regarding rice supplies.

Once enacted, the bill would require restaurants and similar establishments to serve rice in one-half cup portions, instead of one cup each serving.

Citing the International Rice Research Institute, Mendoza said Filipinos waste rice worth at least P23 million every day, or about P8.4 billion a year.

On the other hand, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed that every Filipino wastes an average of 3 tablespoons (9 grams) of rice daily, which is equivalent to 3.3 kilograms per year.

“This means that 96.7 million Filipinos waste as much as 319,000 MT of rice annually— an amount even greater than the amount we imported this year,” Mendoza said.

Share: