City moves for the Rehabilitation of Slaughterhouse

Relative to the intention of the City Government of Catbalogan to avail funding and technical assistance under the Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP) of the Department of Agriculture – National Meat Inspection Service (DA-NMIS) for the rehabilitation/improvement of the city slaughterhouse, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan along with several officers from concerned departments attended the Social Preparation Orientation Workshop (SPOW) last October 23-25, 2013 at Malolos City, Bulacan per invitation from DA-NMIS.

Concerned departments were from the City Engineering Office, City Planning and Development Coordinating Office, and from the City Veterinary Office. The said workshop was undertaken to fully orient the representatives about the mechanics of the program, which initial assessment of the application considered Catbalogan City a possible beneficiary of the said program.

The current City Slaughter House averages 20-head daily slaughter of hogs, however said structure is dilapidated and has never underwent any repair or rehabilitation for several underlying factors.

In view of the dire state of the City Abattoir and the risk to public health of its sub-standard facilities present, the former administration has respectfully pleaded with urgency that Catbalogan be considered one of the beneficiaries of a Slaughterhouse Grant/Aid for 2014 of DA-NMIS. Since 2005, Catbalogan has been applying for the said grant/aid and has faithfully followed up such application for seven years.

Under the new administration, the City Government has allocated P 8 Million Pesos for the construction of a new slaughterhouse, whose total estimated cost is P 16 Million Pesos. Moreover, it has also committed to the creation of a City Meat Inspection Service under the Regulatory Division of the City Veterinary Office and the enactment of the city ordinances pertinent to meat inspection.

LGU-Catbalogan City is being positive that said grant be awarded for this would greatly support the much needed rehabilitation.

(with reports from the Office of the City Veterinary; Photos courtesy of Blendz Tuazon, Office of the City Mayor)

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