Bill requiring restaurants to cut serving portion of rice to a half-cup to be filed by 2 congressmen

Believe it or not, they believe this can help the country achieve "rice sufficiency."

Maricel Cruz of Manila Standard Today reports that congressmen Mark Llandro Mendoza and Agapito Guanlao announced last week that they want to file a bill requiring restaurants "to serve rice in one-half cup portions, instead of one cup each serving" in order to prevent the wastage and eventual shortage of rice.

According to the report, the lawmakers plan to file the bill "to address the increasing rice prices amid uncertainty regarding rice supplies." Mendoza said the Philippines cannot achieve its goal of rice sufficiency if it keeps on wasting P23 million worth of rice every day or P8.4 billion every year.

The congressman clarified that the proposal is not meant to scrap the "unli-rice" promo being offered by certain restaurants but is just a way of ensuring people will only eat the amount of rice they can finish.  "There is no problem with the unli-rice [promo] if the supply of rice is unlimited; but because it's not, we have to come up with ways to address the rice shortage," Mendoza said.

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