BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong is planning the relocation of the city’s slaughterhouse to its proposed new site at the Baguio Dairy Farm to allow the city government to expand its operations and improve its services to its clients.
Magalong said part of the component of the city’s abattoir will be a cold chain facility to ensure the freshness and quality of the meat products, aside from the same being used to preserve vegetables, and possibly vaccines.
He said a technical team recently travelled to Lipa City and Tanauan City, Batangas to benchmark the existing abattoir of the said cities in relation to the proposed setting up of a state-of-the-art city abattoir within a portion of the land ceded to the city government by the agriculture department at the Baguio Dairy farm.
City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok said the team composed of technical personnel from the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO), City Planning and Development Office, City Engineering Office (CEO), City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO), and City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) will be assessing which among the established abattoirs in the two cities could be replicated in the proposed city abattoir.
Piok said that based on the results of the visit, the technical personnel will then coordinate the preparation of the plans, specifications, and estimates of the proposed city abattoir that will be submitted to the city’s local finance committee for the sourcing out of the funds needed in the construction of the slaughterhouse that will conform with the standards of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).
Under the present set up in the city’s abattoir,the facility is producing fresh meat for the local meat vendors which is allowed under existing laws, rules and regulations, provided that the fresh meat should not exceed eight hours in the market so as not to be contaminated by bacteria.
Piok said the city is also considering selling chilled meat, thus, part of the study by the team is to observe how the abattoir produces the chilled meat sold at the Lipa City market.
The city government wants to transfer the abattoir to a more spacious area for concerned stakeholders to do their trade as the present site is already crowded and has caused a COVID-19 outbreak among abattoir workers several months ago.