They are Selling and Eating Leftover Foods Called Pagpag

Every time I eat in restaurant or fast food chain (like McDonalds, Jollibee, Chowking, Goldilocks and Tokyo Tokyo or in any local karenderya), I always try to consume all my orders. In case I cannot do, I ask for a wrapper so I can bring home my leftover. I do not want to discard the leftover because I paid for it. Foods are God’s blessings and should not be wasted.

I noticed that  many people are leaving half-eaten meal on their plate. I cannot see a good reason for doing so. They should bring home the leftover so it can be eaten later. Restaurant management are just dumping those leftovers.

We might consider those leftovers as waste but those waste are the main source of food for some community. I saw this video accidentally. People are collecting leftover foods, called pagpag, from garbage. They eat and sell the food that could be a source of food poisoning and other food borne diseases.

The collected meat leftovers, like chicken, are sorted. Bones with no flesh are trimmed. wash two times with hot water and then used in cooking apritada and fried pagpag. The t
wo recipes are very salable for 10 and 15 pesos respectively. Customers know that they are eating pagpag, leftover foods collected from garbage.

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Can you eat pagpag? I guess not! So next time you eat, just order enough for your stomach to prevent wastage. Give the extra money to those in need.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

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