Lawmakers to inspect Ma-a slaughterhouse on foul odor

The City Council’s committee on environment and natural resources is set to conduct an inspection on the Ma-a slaughterhouse.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, in presenting the report regarding the alleged foul odor emanating from the slaughterhouse, said members of the committee, along with the City Health Office, will visit the city-owned establishment.

The issue stemmed from the complaint of the residents of the Woodridge Park subdivision against the operation of the Ma-a slaughterhouse sent to the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Ismael D. Tabije, president of the Woodridge Park Homeowners Association, in a letter, wrote, “Every now and then, foul odors coming from the facility reaches our village and it is causing so much inconvenience among the homeowners.”

“We are also worried that the foul odor is an indication of unsanitary operation of the slaughterhouse which could possibly cause the spread of bacteria and viruses,” the letter added.

Maa Slaughterhouse is being managed by Bankerohan Livestock Multipurpose Cooperative, through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Venture with the City Government of Davao.

Based on the committee report, the foul odor emanating from the slaughterhouse is due to the non-existence of a wastewater treatment facility.

With this the committee recommended to pass a resolution enacting an ordinance approving the Memorandum of Agreement to be entered into by and between the City Government of Davao, Bankerohan Livestock Multipurpose Cooperative, the Department of Science and Technology, relative to the implementation of Wastewater Treatment System Upgrading Program in Davao City.

The committee also urged the Maa Slaughterhouse to find ways and means to reduce the foul odor while the proposed wastewater treatment facility upgrading program of the city is still on process.

Last 2016, the Maa slaughterhouse was certified as a Class “AA” facility by the National Meat Inspection Services of the Department of Agriculture.

The Class “AA” abattoir should be complete with facilities and operational procedures sufficiently adequate to slaughter food animals, or premises to cut and pack carcasses or primal parts based on the rules and regulations governing the accreditation of meat establishments.

The facility has the capacity to process around 500 hogs, 10 large cattle, and 20 goats each day.

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