Slaughterhouse operator violates city agreement

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


THE Bacolod City Legal Office (CLO) discovered several violations committed by an operator of a slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan, following its inspection.

City Legal Office lawyer Cesar Beloria said the AVM Bernardo Engineering operator failed to comply with some of the provisions of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) it signed with the City Government of Bacolod under the administration of former mayor Evelio Leonardia six years ago.

AVM Bernardo Engineering had earlier sent a letter to the City Government informing the mayor of their plan to pass on to consumers the 12 percent Value Added Tax being imposed on them.

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This prompted incumbent Mayor Monico Puentevella to order the review of the MOA between the abattoir operator and the City Government.

“We have sent a notice yesterday to require them to correct the violations. Parties need not go to court in case of non-compliance and the city can just terminate the contract,” he added.

A team led by Beloria and lawyer Hermilo Pauyon conducted an inspection of the slaughterhouse. They checked the administration office, cattle, hog and poultry facilities, waste treatment facilities, among others.

“Our initial findings showed that the operator was not able to supply all the equipment such as cold storage facilities, failed to submit an annual report and evaluation, among others,” he said.

Beloria said the result of the inspection showed that AVM Bernardo Engineering violated some pertinent and major provisions of the agreement.

He also said the equipment worth P8 million under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme should be owned by the city after the completion of the project.

The lawyer noted that the slaughterhouse failed to complete the facilities and structures within the period allowed by the MOA. It failed to fully supply and provide the machinery and equipment embodied in the agreement and failed to submit its annual report and evaluation of the operation of Bacolod City slaughterhouse.

Beloria said the CLO has given AVM Bernardo Engineering 60 days to comply and correct their violations, adding that the city can operate the slaughterhouse if they fail to comply with the requirements.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 20, 2014.

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