LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 22 (PNA) -- The rehabilitation and improvement of the city slaughterhouse is now nearly 70 percent complete and the facility is expected to become operational by January next year, Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal said.
He said the project aims to make the existing slaughterhouse meet the “Double AA” standard required by the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS).
“If the civil works of the project reaches 75 percent we will ask the Commission on Audit (COA) in this city to issue a certification as a proof of accomplishment to be submitted to the COA national office, said Rosal in an interview.
He said the city government has earmarked Php17 million for the civil works of the abattoir project while the Department of Agriculture will give Php 5 million to the city administration as its counterpart fund after completion of the project as stated in a memorandum of agreement between the two parties.
Rosal said the project will have a water treatment facility for the proper disposal of waste materials from the abattoir to prevent contaminating water in the surroundings.
Dr. Nancy Andes, head of the City Veterinary Office (CVO), who will handle operations of the abattoir, said the double AA slaughterhouse is expected to generate income of around Php 10 million yearly for the city.
She said it will also serve neighboring towns and big establishments in the city which will need its services such as Robinsons, Metro Gaisano, LCC Ayala Malls and other establishments selling meat to the public.
Andes said the slaughterhouse will ensure disease-free meat because of regular inspection services to be conducted by CVO and NMIS.
These services include “ante mortem” or inspection of the live animal before its slaughter, “post mortem” or inspection on animals slaughtered and “post abattoir” or inspection to be done at marketplaces, groceries and barangay meat vendors’ stalls.
Andes said CVO now has two butchers ready to be trained by NMIS on the operations of the double AA slaughterhouse.
Two resolutions, that were adopted by the City Legislative Council during its regular session on Jan. 26 and signed by Mayor Rosal on February 3, had helped make the slaughterhouse project possible. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EMMANUEL P. SOLIS/EDS