Monday, September 16, 2019

Baguio goat dealers want rehab of pens at slaughterhouse

LIVESTOCK dealers of goat to Baguio City are requesting anew for the rehabilitation of pens located at the Slaughter Compound of Baguio City.

In a letter dated December 20, 2015, addressed to the City Council, livestock dealers Gregorio Cabiles, James Cabiles, Edwin Cabiles, Romeo Santos and Marcelita Paa reiterated their request for repair of goat pens or corrals.

In the letter, the goat dealers asked for their corrals to be rehabilitated after the hog livestock market has been relocated and improved.

“Last year, we submitted a request of the same nature due to the unsatisfactory state of our corrals, which we share with those using pens for cattle,” the letter stated. However, to date, no re-assessment or proposal of rehabilitation has been presented to the goat dealers.

“Roofs are dilapidated, the walls are slowly decaying, and neither electricity nor water supply is provided,” the letter adds.

But inquiry from the City Treasurer and the City Veterinary offices cannot identify the source of funding for the requested rehabilitation of goat corrals, the letter furthered.

Goat dealers pay P100 per livestock slaughtered in the facility as abattoir fee, the same rate with the hog dealers. However, the goat dealers claim they are only able to sell two to four goats per day compared to the average number of hogs being slaughtered daily at 150 to 200 heads.

Despite the lack of water and electricity supply, the goat dealers pay their abattoir fee.

“Doesn’t the slaughter fee include the facility’s supply of water, firewood, gas and electricity,” the goat dealers wanted to know. They are also requesting for the slaughter fees to be reduced.

City Veterinarian Brigit Piok said the goat corral will be rehabilitated but the plan, design and cost estimate are still being prepared by the City Building and Architecture’s Office.

As to the request of the goat dealers to amend city tax ordinance 2012-01 which provides for the rate of the slaughter fees, Piok said her office has no objection but the reduced amount will be determined by the city council and the city treasurer.

Piok added a burning facility of goats and hogs in the Slaughter Compound is open from 12:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with water and lighting facilities except firewood or fuel.

“We cannot provide firewood because we cannot find suppliers of firewood with complete documents compliant to the Procurement Act and accounting/auditing rules and regulations,” Piok said.

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