BAGUIO City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, is eyeing the possibility of privatizing the proposed modern abattoir that would rise in the city-owned portion of the Baguio Dairy Farm.
Magalong has currently ordered City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok to coordinate with the city’s local finance committee and study and compare the benefits of a government-run facility with a privatized one.
The city is also eyeing a potential public-private partnership for the abattoir, as it has for the city’s public market redevelopment plans and many other big-ticket development projects under Magalong.
The government is planning to put up an abattoir in the 10-hectare portion of the Dairy Farm that was ceded to the city by the Department of Agriculture.
The area in question currently houses the existing waste transfer station where the city’s waste is staged and then delivered to disposal sites in the lowlands. The city is also eyeing the putting up of a vehicular transport terminal in the area.
According to Magalong, a yet-unnamed group of businessmen have expressed interest in the project, prompting the city to review its options and decide on a course of action with the project.
The estimated cost of the modern abattoir under the city government’s current plans is P70 million.