Bill Seeks to Declare Adobo as National Food
A House leader filed a bill declaring icons as the country’s national symbols, which includes adobo as the “National Food”.
House Committee on Tourism Chairman and Representative of the first district of Bohol Rene Relampagos, filed the House Bill 3926 noting that “National symbols represent its country, its people, its history and culture.”
He wanted adobo be hailed as the country’s national food, bakya as national slippers, bahay kubo as national house and jeepney as national vehicle.
Relampagos citing a trivia that out of 20 national symbols only 10 icons were hailed in the constitution, Republic Acts and Proclamation, added that the Philippines should hail things as official national symbols of the country.
“Rizal now becomes the unofficial national hero, carabao the unofficial national animal, mango the unofficial fruit, bangus the unofficial fish, the baro’t saya as the unofficial national costume and so on,” he said.
Likewise, this bill provides the official declaration of people and icons taught in school as well as some additional.
Under this proposed law, the following will be declared as official national symbols:
- Jose Rizal as national hero
- Philippine Peso – national currency
- Great Seal – national seal
- Manila – national capital
- Malacañang Palace – national seat of government
- Filipino – national language
- Lupang Hinarang – national anthem
- Arnis – national martial arts and sports
- Cariñosa – national dance
- Philippine monkey-eating eagle – national bird
- Carabao – national animal
- Bangus – national fish
- Narra – national tree
- Philippine Pearl – national gem
- Sampaguita – national flower
- Anahaw – national leaf
- Mango – natioanl fruit
- Adobo – national food
- Bakya – national slippers
- Bahay Kubo – national house
- Jeepney – national vehicle
- Bayan Ko – national song
- Maka-Diyos, Maka-tao, Makakalikalikasan at Makabansa – national motto
If passed into law, this will give the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) to “give primordial importance to the respect, promotion, preservation, conservation, cultivation and usage of these national symbols, as appropriate including dissemination through the quad media.”
To be honest, I find this bill nonsense. The author just wasted the government’s resources such as manpower that uses the money of government to their salary, time and efforts that are supposedly used in more useful things. Declaring such things as the country’s national symbols doesn’t need a law.
In case this bill becomes a law, what’s next? Do Filipinos become more patriotic? Does the colonial mentality – that have made Filipinos lost millions in revenues – become lesser? Will it make the Philippines richer?
As far as I know, Relampagos was also the author of the bill seeking to change the name of EDSA into President Corazon C. Aquino Avenue. Therefor, can we nominate him – as well as other politicians – into the list of “National Political Nonsense”?
Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said, Philippines has too many laws with some of them are nonsense. But, very few implement them — which is I agree.
I’m hoping this bill will be easily put into trash, because it’s a total waste. And to politicians, in general, stop telling people that you made laws, implement them.