SEVEN illegal piggeries in Barangay Fairview were nabbed in a joint operation by the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) and the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO).
The piggeries were found after concerned citizens lodged a complaint before the City Engineering Office (CEO) reporting the disposal of piggery waste along the creek in the village.
In addition to the sanctions imposed on the seven piggeries, which include demolition of pigpens, confiscation of hogs and filing of criminal charges, the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) have also launched an investigation into the structures in the village put up within the creek easements.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong warned anew residents who continue to defy laws prohibiting hog-raising in the city of sanctions as the practice is not allowed in highly urbanized cities like Baguio as per the city’s Environment Code, Republic Act 8749 or the Clean Air Act, Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Water Act and Republic Act 9904 or the Magna Carta for Homeowners and Homeowners Associations.
“This is the last warning; otherwise, we will already file criminal charges against them” he said.
Prior to the 2020 total closure of piggeries in Baguio, the city had some 700 piggeries operating within its borders, whose numbers dwindled down to some 200 post-closure.
However, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more piggeries started cropping up in the city.