Mayor won’t grant extension to abattoir

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella said on Monday that he will not grant any extension to AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse, private operator of the city slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan, to correct its violations.

Puentevella told reporters that he will no longer entertain the 120-day deadline extension sought by the operator.

Although he will no longer grant an extension for the operation of the slaughterhouse, the mayor still refused to say when he will terminate the operator’s contract with the City Government.

He will announce it in the proper time, he said.

The mayor also said that once he will make his final decision, he will serve it personally together with members of the media.

AVM Bernardo plant manager Glorydee Cometa had earlier expressed optimism that Puentevella will reconsider his position as she made an assurance that the company will comply with the demands of the city to correct the breach they committed in the compliance of the conditions and terms of the memorandum of agreement.

She added that they already submitted an appeal for reconsideration which is pending.

The announcement of Puentevella that the City Government is seriously considering the takeover of the Handumanan slaughterhouse was opposed by the Bacolod City Slaughter House Independent Employees Union-National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno (BACSHIEU-Naflu-KMU).

The labor union said the takeover will mean that more than 150 regular and contractual employees will lose their jobs and about 900 dependents will be displaced.

Last May 9, BACSHIEU-Naflu-KMU signed a P7-million Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the AVM Bernardo Slaughterhouse management.

The five-year agreement covers all the benefits provided and shall extend to all rank-and-file employees of Bacolod City Slaughterhouse/AVM Bernardo Engineering Inc.

AVM Bernardo legal counsel Marvin Tañada said the CBA is for the security of tenure and additional benefits of the employees more than what the government is giving under the law.

He also said that the CBA signing has nothing to do with the issue of AVM Bernardo with the City Government of Bacolod because it is the right of the employees to organize themselves.

Moreover, Tañada said that under the agreement, violations of the slaughterhouse operator can be remedied within a 60-day period and if the correction cannot be done within 60 days, such period shall be extended until AVM Bernardo fully complies with the correction.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 13, 2014.

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