THE city will not be privatizing the modern abattoir project it is planning in the Baguio Dairy Farm.
City officials have recently concluded during a management committee meeting that raising the needed P108 million for a modern slaughterhouse is achievable by the government without needing private assistance in order to keep the facility fully government-owned and operated.
According to Assistant Budget Officer Severina De Leon, privatization will only be considered if the city is found to be incapable of funding and implementing the project on its own.
However, a management committee financial study found that the city can recover its investment if it funds the project itself over seven years, with an estimated 23 percent return on investment per annum.
The abattoir plans, created by the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO), will be double-A National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) rated, being qualified to receive the necessary environmental compliance certificate (ECC) with the new plans having a sewerage treatment plant, which the current abattoir does not have.
The government plan is 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.