Councilors ok ½ cup rice law

FOOD establishments in the city will soon be required to provide a one-half cup of rice option in their menu.

 The City Council of Davao yesterday approved on final reading the “Davao City Rice Conservation Ordinance.”

 The ordinance, authored by Councilor Marissa Abella who chairs the agriculture committee, is in support to the country’s campaign to reduce rice wastage.

Based on the ordinance, the half-cup serving will be determined by the establishment as long as it is not less than 80 grams.

 The City Health Office, with the assistance of the City Agriculturist Office, is tasked as the lead agency in the inspection of food establishments in implementing this ordinance.

 The ordinance regulates the food-service industry – all businesses, institutions and companies responsible for any sale of meals.

 This includes restaurants, schools, offices, hospitals, cafeterias, catering operations, fastfood chains and other food related services.

 The ordinance requires the food service industry to include one-half cup of cooked rice as an option in their regular menu, with the price set at half of the price of one cup of rice.

 Establishments engaged in eat-all-you-can or buffet meals are exempted in the ordinance unless they are serving plate-in or ala carte meals.

 Violators will be fined P1,500 for the first offense, a P3,000 fine and one-month suspension of license or permit to operate for the second offense; a P5,000 fine and permanent cancellation of license or permit to operate for the third offense.

 The approved ordinance will be forwarded to Mayor Sara Duterte who will decide either to pass or veto the measure.

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