June 4, 2023

The city government tasked the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office headed by Dr. Brigit Piok to head the champion team for the planned relocation of the slaughterhouse in Barangay Sto. Niño to a city-owned property.
Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong also directed the City Legal Office to take all the necessary legal steps to ensure the city government’s full ownership of the over 85,000-square meter Pinsao Proper property a part of which will be used as relocation site for the city’s congested abattoir.
Technical personnel of the concerned city offices earlier recommended a portion of the city-owned property in Pinsao Proper as relocation site for the slaughterhouse. This will allow expansion to cater to more coral owners and to have a wider space for the slaughterhouse’s operations.
The City Planning and Development Office previously identified the area for city needs as it is an open area and not part of any forest reservation. However, the city-owned property was allegedly issued a certificate of ancestral land claim (CALC) by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and is now the subject of verification and validation.
The relocation of the slaughterhouse has been one of the major thrusts of the city government but the absence of a suitable land to accommodate the facility stalled the plan.
After the city government shall have worked out the cancellation of the CALC over the property, concerned offices will work on the titling of the land in the name of the city.
The operation of the slaughterhouse is environmentally-critical as it discharges its waste water to the Balili River. Experts recommended for the city government to build a waste water treatment plant for wastes from the facility and the city public market. – PIO release