February 29, 2024

for the agency to fund the construction of a modern slaughterhouse for the city.

Magalong, in a meeting with department heads, also shared the proposed plan to transfer the slaughterhouse from Barangay Sto. Niño to the Baguio Animal Breeding and Research Center compound in Dontogan.

The vision is to transform the city slaughterhouse into a triple A abattoir similar to those at Tanauan and Lipa cities both in Batangas where personnel of the City Veterinarian and Agriculture Office had their benchmarking.

The CVAO has estimated the project would cost around P150 million including the installation of a cold storage facility.

The Tanauan City slaughterhouse is funded by the DA and the city government, while the Lipa City slaughterhouse is operated by a private company.

Budget Officer Leticia Clemente suggested for the mayor to try to negotiate with the DA for full or partial funding for the facility’s development.

An average of 200 hogs is butchered daily at the slaughterhouse.

During the Christmas season, this can go up to as high as 500 to 800 daily. The CVAO’s proposal is to expand the physical structure and increase the slaughterhouse’s capacity to 800 heads daily.

The Tanauan slaughterhouse, the first government-owned triple A slaughterhouse and was inaugurated last month, can accommodate an average of 500 heads daily.

The DA said the P187.2M facility has a floor area of 2,588 square meters, composed of a mechanized system that can process 500 heads of hogs per eight-hour shift.

It is equipped with a cold chain network consisting of three chilling rooms, two blast freezers, and three cold storage rooms. It has a meat laboratory and wastewater treatment area.

For the Baguio slaughterhouse, the proposed site will be within the eight-hectare area ceded to the city government in 2019 through a 50-year usufruct agreement by former DA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol and former city mayor Mauricio Domogan. – Rimaliza A. Opiña