The city is currently studying the possibility of the local government putting up the proposed modern abattoir or subject the same through a public-private partnership arrangement through an unsolicited proposal from interested investors.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong tasked City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok, in coordination with the city’s local finance committee, to present a comparative study of the two pending proposals on which will be beneficial and fastest way to implement which will be the basis for deciding which will be taken in.
The local government is planning to put up the proposed modern abattoir in a portion of the 10-hectare property ceded by the agriculture department to the city through a deed of usufruct to help in decongesting the existing slaughterhouse located right at the heart of the city.
The local chief executive reminded concerned department heads to consider the most feasible way by which the proposed modern abattoir will be prosecuted for the city to have its modern abattoir the soonest.
He added there is a group of businessmen that is interested to help the city pursue the project, thus, the local government must present its position on the matter for the group to be guided accordingly.
Initially, the city is expected to provide some P70 million for the establishment of the proposed modern abattoir, aside from the state-of-the-art equipment that will be used in the facility to update the present mode of butchering animals.
Based on the city’s master plan of the ceded property, the proposed modern abattoir will be part of the facilities that will be established in the area aside from the existing waste transfer station and the inter-modal terminal.
Earlier, a delegation from the city government benchmarked the design of the proposed city modern abattoir from the operational state-of-the-art abattoirs in Tanauan City and Lipa City, Batangas.
City officials will decide on whether the local government will implement the put up of the modern abattoir through solicited or unsolicited modes after experts shall have presented a comparative study on which is most feasible and advantageous to the city.
The city’s finance experts will also consider in deciding the other benefits to be derived by the local government as the income will still be dependent on the fees that will be fixed in an ordinance prescribing the guidelines governing the operation of the modern abattoir and the fees that will be charged from its services.
From the previous manual of operations, activities inside the proposed modern abattoir will be mechanized to help in speeding up the operation of the facility to be able to cater to the increasing number of clients wanting to avail of its available services in the present times.
Urban planners also proposed the put up of buffer forests between the proposed three major facilities within the ceded property to strike a balance in the current status of the place and the opposing ventures. By Dexter A. See