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Dads pass ‘Half–Rice Ordinance"

The city council approved Ordinance 16, s. 2017 or the "Half-Rice Ordinance of the City of Baguio,” which requires food establishments to include in their menu the provision of half cup of rice as an option for customers.

Authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, the measure is pursuant to the memorandum circular of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for local government units to support the National Year of Rice and the “Be Riceponsible” campaign of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, which aims to minimize rice wastage and help achieve the government’s rice sufficiency bid.

Data gathered by the food and nutrition research institute of the Department of Science and technology showed that each Filipino wastes an average of 3.29 kilograms of rice a year.

The National Year of Rice, which began in 2013 and onwards is the result of the declaration of 2004 as the International Year of Rice by the United Nations during its 2002 general assembly with the theme, “Rice is life.” The declaration is an affirmation that rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population and to heighten awareness on the role of rice in alleviating poverty and malnutrition.

Food establishments that fail to provide in their menu or refuse to serve half cup of rice will be fined P1,000 on first offense; P3,000 on second offense; and P5,000 and cancellation of business permit on third offense.

In deference to the clamor of Filipinos for a just and lasting peace, the council also approved Resolution 88, s. 2017 “supporting the clamor of various sectors for the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to resume the peace negotiations.”

The resolution penned by councilors Arthur Allad-iw, Leandro Yangot, Faustino Olowan, and Benny Bomogao also called for a non-adversarial negotiation that would focus on the substantial agenda of social, economic, and political reforms that would address the root causes of the armed conflict.

In Resolution 95, s. 2017, the body also recommended to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management officer through the mayor to extend financial assistance to the City of Surigao, which was declared under state of calamity after it was hit by a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in February.

In several instances, Baguio City has extended financial assistance to local government units that suffer the same fate, the latest was the P500,000 assistance to the provinces of Bohol, other areas in Central Visayas, including Cebu and Mandaue, which were struck by a strong earthquake in 2013.

“The City of Baguio, having recovered from the damage and ruins of a similar experience will not forget what every help or assistance can provide in such situation,” reads the resolution authored by Councilor Peter Fianza.

The council also commended Raul Frigillana for his exemplary act of honesty.

Frigillana from Camp 8 barangay has immediately returned to the owner, Sheila Marie Villador, a wallet containing big amount of money he found while on duty as security guard at Teachers’ Camp on Feb. 5.

In a separate resolution, the council commended PO2 Ben Pais for his outstanding public service and dedication.

Pais, from the Traffic and management Branch of the Baguio City Police Office, while manning the traffic along Abanao St. on Feb. 11, was alerted by a person with disability who could hardly stand. Pais carried the man’s bag to the other side of the road then returned and carried the man to the other side of the road safely.

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