The National Food Authority is requesting the Bacolod City Government, through the Sangguniang Panlungsod, to pass an ordinance requiring the food service industry in the province to include half-rice serving in their menu, in support of the campaign of the Department of Agriculture to promote the responsible consumption of the staple.
NFA provincial manager Procopio Trabajo ll said the campaign is embodied in Proclamation No. 494 signed by President Benigno Aquino lll.
In his letter to Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya, dated September 11 Trabajo said half-rice servings will be mandatory in the menu of restaurants and other eateries, but would be optional to customers.
Trabajo said the ordinance will cover all business, institutions responsible for the preparation of any meal outside the home, and includes restaurants, schools, offices, hospitals, cafeterias, catering operation, fast food chains and other related food services.
A study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute says that every Filipino wastes about two tablespoons of cooked rice at every meal, he said.
“In 2010, our wasted rice was equivalent to 13 percent of the total rice imports of the same year amounting to about P6.2 billion, or the consumption of nearly 2.6 million Filipinos in a year,” Trabajo added.*CGS