Samar’s Catbalogan City eyes improvement of abattoir

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — The city government of Catbalogan is eyeing to improve its abattoir by availing of fund and technical assistance under the Meat Establishment Improvement Program of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), an attached office of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan and several department heads recently underwent a social preparation workshop undertaken by the agency in Malolos City as part of the requirements relative to the availment of the program.

It was learned that her father, former mayor and now councilor Coefredo Uy, has already requested that the city be included as among the beneficiaries of a Slaughterhouse Grant/Aid for 2014 of DA-NMIS as early as 2005.

The lady mayor said that her administration has allocated P8 million for the slaughterhouse. She likewise 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.

She is positive that the city will be awarded the grant given the initiatives of her administration.

The current slaughterhouse on a daily average could accommodate 20 heads of hogs. However, the structure us dilapidated and has never underwent any repair, neither rehabilitation.

The planned abattoir is estimated to cost around P 16 million.