THE City Council Monday approved on Third and Final Reading the regulatory measure aimed at minimizing rice wastage and institutionalizing the city’s support to the objective of requiring food establishments to serve half cup rice in a bid to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency through its “Be RICEponsible” Campaign, under the Philippine Rice Research Institute of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The ordinance originally authored by City Vice Mayor and city council Presiding Officer Edison Bilog, underwent the three readings required of its passage as well as the requisite public hearing or consultation to obtain appropriate feedback from concerned stakeholders.
As explained by Vice Mayor Bilog in his authorship of the said ordinance the measure is in response and support to Memorandum Circular No. 2015-06 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government which mandated the documentation of ordinances of local government units in support to the National Year of the Rice and the “Be Riceponsible” Campaign. “The “Rice is Life” theme of the International Year of Rice highlighted the importance of rice as a primary food source, and is drawn from an understanding that rice-based systems are essential for food security, poverty alleviation and improved livelihoods, the measure further explained. It was also noted in the legislative measure that each Filipino wastes an average of 3.29 kilograms of rice annually, based on the data supplied by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).
Under the regulation as contained in Section 2 thereof it states that, “xxx, all establishments in the City of Baguio offering food to the public, including food chains, are required to include brown rice or one-half cup serving of rice in their menus with its corresponding one-half price as an option for public customers.