‘Lugaw’ (Rice Porridge) Is Essential

“If food is essential and ‘lugaw’ is food, therefore ‘lugaw’ is essential”. – GrabFood.ph

A viral video of a Grabfood delivery rider attempting to deliver ‘lugaw’ (a local rice porridge) circulating in all social media platforms buzzed the whole Filipino nation in the country last week. The video was about the barangay officials who stopped the delivery rider from delivering the food in one of the city in my province of Bulacan. The rider would supposed to deliver ‘lugaw’, but unfortunately interfered by the group of officials saying that he cannot deliver beyond the curfew hours because ‘lugaw’ is a non-essential products.

Because of the increasing numbers of covid positive in some area in the Philippines, the national government implemented a lockdown with curfew hours from 6pm to 5 in the morning. Those with essential purposes to go outside are only allowed, including the food delivery which can operate 24 hours and shouldn’t be interrupted, as food is very essential to everybody.

In the viral video, one lady official told the delivery rider that ‘lugaw’ is not essential because people can live without it. She even showed a copy of the resolution stating the essential products which are only allowed to deliver during lockdown and curfew hours. Though food is included in the list, she still insisted that ‘lugaw’ is really not that essential. The delivery rider explained that he and the restaurant have a permit to operate and to make delivery. But still, the lady official did not accepted his explanation and continued to insist her wrong belief. To avoid any conflict, the delivery rider just accepted the violation and he failed to deliver the food.

The video was posted in facebook and it became viral from then and #lugaw became one of the trending topic that day. The video also drew thousands of different reactions from the netizens and condemning the action done by the lady official.

Rice porridge or simply called ‘Lugaw’ in Filipino language can be considered as one of the staple food of Filipinos, especially those who belongs to poverty line. It is one of the cheapest food and sold anywhere, from restaurants to small eatery around the country. It is also one of the best food for someone who’s in a soft diet and in a tight budget. Indeed, this comfort food is one of the essential food for Filipinos.

The video link is here: https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/videos/925504291596797/

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