PAMPANGA

Official, town councilors want pig farm’s ECC revoked

PROVINCIAL Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENERO) chief Art Punsalan and the Municipal Council of Floridablanca urged Mayor Darwin Manalansan to revoke the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and stop the operation of the Evergreen Bioscience Technology Inc.

This came as residents have been complaining about the operation of the said farm. The Pampanga Information Office (PIO) reported that the municipal council passed a resolution urging the cancellation of the ECC.

Punsalan recommended that the local chief executive should issue a cease and desist order for the operation of Evergreen pig farm.

The PIO said that the pig farm “has been producing unpleasant and strong stench that pose harmful effects to the health, not only to the people in Barangay Gutad, but also the the residents from the neighboring barangays like Anon, Bodega, Dampe and Sto. Rosario.”

Punsalan said the farm was also found to have violated some of the terms and conditions of the ECC issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and it failed to secure and comply with the necessary local permits such as barangay clearance, sanitary permit and mayor’s permit.

“Evergreen does not appear to implement proper housekeeping practices, thus the obnoxious odor that can be smelled even from vicinities adjacent to the farm,” said Punsalan, further emphasizing that this is a clear evidence that the farm violated its ECC.

Punsalan added that the farm has a total of 8,000 heads that is way more than the required heads stated on its ECC, which is 2,400 only.

As a result, the PGENRO recommended the immediate closure of the piggery and revocation or cancellation of its ECC pursuant to the section 16 of the Local Government Code that orders local government units to promote the general welfare of its inhabitants.


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