June 21, 2024

Mayor Romeo Salda of La Trinidad, Benguet has ordered policemen to prevent chicken dung traders from operating in Barangay Shilan after the latter refused to close down their businesses.
Salda has also ordered the town police force to oversee the areas of the five traders who were earlier directed by the local government to stop their operation in compliance to the ordinance banning the conduct of chicken dung trade in the municipality.
On Sept. 7, Salda led the issuance of the notices of closure to Miguel Jefferd Bogsit, Nora Lagadeo, Melecio Orid, Angel Lopez, and Rose Maliones. The latter refused to receive the notice.
Salda said there were reports reaching his office the chicken dung traders continue to disregard the notice of closure with their continued operation. The traders allegedly threatened to file a case against the police for meddling with their business operation.  
“We have issued a memorandum to the La Trinidad Municipal Police Station to submit to this office a report on the refusal of Shilan chicken dung operators to comply with the closure order. This would serve as one of the basis for filing another case,” Salda said.
The notice of closure is a reiteration of the earlier directive involving the closure of establishments that sell, dispose, and store chicken dung in the municipality pursuance to Administrative Order 08 s. of 2010.
Former La Trinidad Mayor Gregorio Abalos issued AO 08-2010 on July 23, 2010 prohibiting the sale, disposal and storage of chicken dung in the municipality.
LTMPS Chief Maj. Cleff Vencio said he has deployed two teams at the chicken dung trade areas where they disallow customers from going inside the closed trading areas.
“We also advise the customers to go directly to the chicken dung traders in Tublay,” Vencio said. Chicken dung trade is allowed in nearby Tublay town, which is traversed mostly by farmers when going back to their point of origin.
Vencio, however, some traders still unscrupulously trade chicken dung in their private lots within La Trinidad. – Ofelia C. Empian