Baguio to source out funds for put up of modern abattoir

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The city government will be sourcing out the over P108 million required to put up the proposed modern abattoir located within a portion of the property ceded to the city by the agriculture department at the Baguio Dairy farm.

City Budget Officer Leticia O. Clemente stated the city’s local finance committee will be reviewing and re-prioritizing the previous development projects to produce the amount required for this proposed modern abiotic that will eventually replace the existing slaughterhouse that is situated right in the city’s central business district area.

Earlier, city officials decided the local government that will bankroll and implement the put up of the proposed modern abattoir at the Baguio Dairy farm to have the city a state-of-the-art slaughterhouse that can be given the accreditation and recognition by the Cordillera office of the National Meat Inspection Committee (NMIS-CAR).

The modern abattoir is part of the set of development projects that will be implemented in the 10-hectare property ceded by the agriculture department to the local government within the Baguio Dairy farm.

However, the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO) wants that the modern abattoir be operated privately once it is completed to ensure there will be additional units of equipment and personnel that will be hired for its operation in the future.

Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong inquired from the city’s finance officers if the local government still has the necessary funds to implement the aforesaid project so that this can be made available for its implementation the soonest.

Clemente assured city officials that the local finance committee will make the appropriate request for realignment of funds once it is ascertained which of the previously funded projects under the local development fund will be re-prioritised.

The CVAO projected that the proposed modern abattoir will be completed within two years.

Once completed, the modern abattoir’s operations will be mechanized pursuant to existing standards imposed by the regulatory agency aside from being staffed with trained personnel e slaughterhouse operations and management.

Aside from the city-owned abattoir, the projects to be implemented within the proposed southwestern growth node include the multi-million inter-modal terminal, the relocation of the Atab district health center, the Baguio fire substation along Marcos highway and the city’s temporary waste transfer station duly approved by the Cordillera office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-CAR).

The city council recently approved the conceptual plan for the proposed southwestern growth node that will incorporate these projects and that it mandated the concerned offices of the local government to prepare the comprehensive master development plan and feasibility of the projects to ensure the continued implementation of the desired development along the southwestern portion of the city leading towards the lowlands. By Dexter A. See

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