THE approval of the chicken dung business applicants from Barangay Shilan remains dependent on the support of their immediate community.

The result of an ocular inspection revealed that one out of the 14 applicants was disqualified for failing to meet the necessary requirements in compliance with the Chicken Dung Ordinance. Seven other applicants remain under consideration.

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In the final report submitted by the municipal legal officer Nelson Sabog, Thomas Makin failed to meet the necessary requirements such as the fence, warehouse, comfort and change rooms, and the lavatory.

The other seven businesses, applied under the names of Enrique Balnes, Jocelyn Digman, Beatriz Digman, Jose Digman, Nenita Calawa, Benito Hipolito, and Jimmy Pulac Jr., were located within 200 meters of the barangay hall, a clinic, and an elementary school, conflicting with Section 5 (a) of the ordinance.

According to the Section 5 (a) of the ordinance, "duly licensed dealers or retailers shall sell or deliver for sale chicken dung only at warehouses or authorize selling areas which are located 200 meters away from schools, churches, public markets, clinic or existing government offices, and residential homes, unless otherwise not objected by such residents, institutions or buildings as certified by the concerned Punong Barangay (barangay head)."

The inspection report has already been forwarded to Shilan barangay head Georgina Delmas, for approval whether there would be no objection from the tentatively affected establishments. (Leah de Guzman)