City Government eyeing abattoir takeover

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Saturday, May 3, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Friday the City Government is seriously considering a takeover of the operations of its slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan from private operator AVM Bernardo Engineering.

He said that is probably the direction they will take once the legal, technical, operational and sanitation aspect of a takeover is in place.

"We will take over or take another option of opening such service to (another) private operator either through a public bidding or a negotiated one," the mayor said.

He added: "Do we want to sell cheaper meat products to the people of Bacolod? If the takeover will push through, we will look for ways and means to ensure that meat products are supplied and sold reasonably cheaper."

Puentevella said that since the main business of AVM Bernardo is based in Manila, their income in Bacolod is also being sent to Manila.

He noted that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is questioning their operation as they reportedly earn P30 million a year, but they only paid the city P30,000 a month instead of P68,000.

"We called their attention about the increase of payment but they have not acted on it immediately. Just recently, they tried to pay P68,000 but we already refused it because the violation is too much," the mayor said.

He added that the city will have a solid and strong action against AVM Bernardo in the coming weeks.

AVM Bernardo has been unfair and unjust to the city, Puentevella said, adding that their operation is disadvantageous to the city because they are not complying with what has been agreed in the contract.

If a private firm will take over the operation, all problems created by AVM Bernardo must be addressed, he said.

On April 26, Acting City Legal Officer Rolando Villamor issued a memorandum to AVM Bernardo denying their request for a 120-day extension to comply and correct their violations.

“The city believes that the original period of time to correct the violations given to AVM Bernardo is more than ample,” Villamor stated in his letter addressed to proprietor Engr. Antonio Valeriano M. Bernardo
He pointed out that they find it improbable for the slaughterhouse to comply with the necessary corrections during an extended period of time without further damage and prejudice to the interest of the City of Bacolod.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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