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Half-cup rice option in Philippine city

Published on Jun 25, 2014 1:41 PM

QUEZON, PHILIPPINES (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER\ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Soon, all food establishments in Quezon City, Philippines - including those in hospitals, schools, even catering businesses - will be required to offer their customers the option of ordering half a cup of rice.

Citing a report that Filipinos were wasting 8 billion pesos (S$227 million) worth of rice yearly, the Quezon City council approved on third and final reading on Monday the "Half-cup rice ordinance of 2014," which would impose a fine of up to 2,000 pesos on violators in addition to the possible suspension of their business permits.

In approving the proposed ordinance, councilors took into consideration a report by the Los Banos, Laguna-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) which stated that the country was wasting 23 million pesos worth of rice every day.

The IRRI noted that the rice going to waste could be used to feed 4.3 million people.

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