“Standardization of Adobo” Violations Trends Online After the Announcement of DTI
ADOBO VIOLATIONS – The online community chastised the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) standardization of Filipino dish “adobo.”
After the DTI organized a technical committee on Filipino cuisine, which attempts to standardize the recipe for adobo and other popular Philippine dishes, the “Standardazation of Adobo” violations is now making the rounds online.
A technical committee (TC 92) has been established to develop Philippine National Standards (PNS) on native viands, according to the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), a DTI agency.
Their initiative, however, garnered criticism on social media, prompting a slew of memes and hilarious replies criticizing the proposed standardization. The DTI’s move has been criticized, with one official calling it a “typical waste of government time, effort, and money.”
The Filipino internet community, which is known for producing memes quickly in response to current events, created an alleged standardization’s violations. According to one of the photographs uploaded online, a streetside diner was shut down after putting pineapple to standard adobo.
Another photo shows that authorities raided a home after a man allegedly added too much pepper in his adobo recipe. Another user warned that if the adobo she’s making is missing vinegar and soy sauce, she could be prosecuted for breaking the law.
This proposal may be acceptable to some if the goal is solely to promote our culture in other countries. Others argue that there are other alternative ways to promote Filipino cuisine. Our ethnic tastes are also varied or very diverse, which is why the preparation of foods like adobo differs greatly.
Hopefully, more attention will be paid to other issues such as the unemployment of many. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said that it is not mandatory for everyone to make the standard because there are so many adobo dishes, he insisted that it is just to define the standard adobo recipe that will be promoted abroad.
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