DAGUPAN CITY – Meat vendors and butchers support the city’s proposal to build its own modern abattoir as outlined by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez during a one-day seminar on hygienic handling practices of meat products for meat handlers at the museum on June 15.
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The seminar was facilitated by the City Veterinary Office in cooperation with the National Meat Inspection Service with Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Oblina, Senior Meat Control Officers Dr. Jorge Bacani and Dr. Cherry Ann Javier as resource speakers.
Councilor Dennis Canto, the city council’s chairman on market, was also present along with Dr. Michael P. Maramba of the City Veterinary Office.
Fernandez said that under the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance covering the period 2015-2025, the city has already identified a possible site for the city’s slaughter house, a project that could be possibly implemented in 2018.
“We will allocate P30 million budget for the purchase of a lot and the construction of the slaughter house next year and we will make sure that this will be a model abattoir in the province of Pangasinan,” disclosed Fernandez.
Records show the city is consuming at least 100 hogs on a normal day and triple the number during holidays.
“The new slaughter house will be environmentally friendly and will be designed to accommodate from 100 to 300 pigs a day,” added Fernandez.
Mayor Fernandez said that once the new government center is in place at the Lucao-Pantal area, investors will soon pour their monies in the area, which will create more employment as more employment means more consumption of meat.
“Hindi lang po yun, recently we signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Ms. Charito Plaza of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and very soon our city will become one of the country’s economic zones. And this would mean more investments and more employment. This will surely increase our production on meat products, thus the need for us to have our slaughter house,” said Fernandez. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/June 15, 2017)