THE P108 million modern slaughterhouse to be put up in the city’s 10 hectare lot at the Baguio Dairy Farm, provided by the Department of Agriculture to the city in the past, is set to finish the preparatory phase and proceed to implementation by next year.
According to the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO), the City Engineering Office (CEO) is currently at work devising the plans for a road network leading to the Baguio Dairy Farm site, while the City Building Architecture Office (CBAO) is finalizing the plans for the structure and facility itself.
City Veterinarian Dr. Brigit Piok said that the plans will be finished by the end of the year for CVAO review, while the implementation of the project itself can proceed by the next year.
The abattoir plans 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.
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.
As such, the city has sourced out and earmarked the P108 million worth of funding needed for the project, using its own budget instead of going for the initially-eyed public-private partnership.
Aside from the city-owned abattoir, the projects to be implemented within the proposed southwestern growth node include the multi-million intermodal terminal, the relocation of the Atab district health center, the Baguio fire substation along Marcos Highway, and the city’s temporary waste transfer station duly approved by the Environmental Management Bureau-Cordillera (EMB-CAR).