Monday, December 1, 2014

Pili LGU warns poultry farm of closure over villagers’ foul odor complaint
By John Mark Escandor

PILI, Camarines Sur, Nov. 30 (PNA) -- Acting on the complaint of villagers about the foul odor from a poultry farm in Barangay Tinangis here, the Pili local government unit (LGU) warned the owner of closure if the recommendations from the inspection team would not be complied with on Dec. 10.

Vice Mayor Rogelio Raymundo D. Regondola said Sunday that the LGU gave the ultimatum to SIOC Poultry Farm, which has been the subject of complaints by villagers who were tormented not only by the foul odor but flies and disposal of waste water into the river.

Regondola said the foul odor came from piles of decaying chicken dung soaked by rainwater while the poultry farm’s septic tank was destroyed by typhoon "Glenda."

He said earlier that the villagers had told the owners of the farms not to stock until the foul odor from poultry farm is checked.

But Regondola said the owners still stock chicken because they have orders to comply with to their buyers.

He said the inspection team headed by the sanitary inspector found out during the inspection on Nov. 10 that the wastewater is being thrown into the river.

Regondola also cited swarm of flies within the vicinity of the farm had been observed by the inspection team.

The inspection team reported that the poultry farm is bare with trees that could at least help absorb and minimize the foul odor.

It cited the unsanitary way of disposing of dead chicks in a “manhole” without enough cover while chicken dung is left to rot in an open space.

Regondola said the poultry farm owners are given until Dec. 10 to comply with the recommendations of the inspection team.

In their recommendations, the inspection team required the owners to build a new septic tank and “wash out the water by using pressure to eliminate the odor.”

It also recommended the spraying of solutions three times a day to check the proliferation of flies, the chicken dung left in the open be buried, and the manhole for dead chicken be totally covered.

To mitigate or eliminate the foul odor from emanating, the team recommended the planting of trees, bananas or flowering plants around the poultry farm.

It also recommended the provision of standby equipment for burying dung and dead chicks and additional manpower. (PNA) CTB/FGS/JME/CBD/PJN