My kumpare never use spoon before while he ate,He used to eat by hands (Kamayan Style).He was shocked when the people of Don Fatsolo’s wife in Malcanang urged restaurants and eateries in the country to cut to half-cup the regular serving of rice in their meals to help stave off a looming supply shortage. Rice is the only thing that fills his stomach since he cannot afford slabs of meats or large slices of fish and other viands and they want him to cut his consumption of it too,So,he has to change his eating habit and need to buy twenty pesos worth of a spoon and fifty pesos plastic fake Tupperware for his “Lugaw” baon to work.
He couldn’t agree on the suggestions that fortified instant noodles being promoted by the government be substituted for rice, which is eaten during breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Philippines. “It’s not the same,” he said. “Besides, I get stomach ache after eating three packs of these noodles.”
While some authorities even quipped that it would probably be good for Filipinos to cut back on rice to lose weight, the joke is lost among millions of Filipinos who rely on rice, the Philippines’ staple food, to fill their growling stomachs.
The situation is worse for poor Filipinos, who often times only eat rice with some salt to ease their hunger. These people in Malacanang are crazy, He said, about their appeals of government officials for Filipinos to cut back on rice consumption. Rice is the only thing that the poor can consume to fill their stomachs and they want to cut that back.
My Kumpare have gotten used to eating rice without viands because of high prices of meats and fish, so asking them to cut back on their rice intake would be just too much. Suggestions for Filipinos to turn to brown rice instead because it’s more nutritious and more filling are also raising eyebrows, since the less-popular variety is more expensive. A kilo of brown rice costs 50 pesos, which can already buy about two kilos of the white variety sold by the government.
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap triggered the alarm about the country’s precarious rice supply when he asked restaurants to reduce the amount of rice served to customers. He said that large amount of rice were being wasted everyday in the Philippines. People should not waste food, Yap said as he made repeated calls for Filipinos to eat less rice.My Kumpare have said that there is no single grain of rice wasted in his household.Who the Hell is wasting the rice?It’s not Condolessa.
While insisting that there is no shortage in the Philippines, Yap admitted that prices are high because of a tight supply in the world market. Yap said that with the onset of the harvest season in April and May, increases in rice prices were expected to slow down. Jaime Tadeo, peasant leader and a rice technician during the rule of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the 1980s, said the April and May harvest will only yield supply enough for two months. “We are harvesting a total of 6.6 million metric tonsfor one whole year, while our consumption is almost 1 million metric tons a month,”. “With the tight supply of rice in the world market, we are in serious trouble.” He blamed the government’s policy of importing rice to ensure food security instead of boosting local production as the main culprit behind the predicament the country faces.
How could Joc-Joc Bolante sleep at night in his detention cell?This rice crisis are all his fault because he ran away with all the money that belongs to the farmers.