To transform the province of Iloilo into a source of quality meat and meat products, a double ‘A’ abattoir will soon rise in Oton, Iloilo.
Project stakeholders and beneficiaries gather for a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 01, 2023, to kickstart the construction of an abattoir that will serve as a facility where animals for human consumption are slaughtered to sustain the balance of food security in the province.
Provincial Engineer Romeo C. Andig said in his speech that the abattoir will include the construction of a holding pen, boiler room, drying area, weighing scale shed, and a 294 sq. meter slaughterhouse.
Rainwater harvesters, drainage systems, and wastewater facilities are also included as support facilities to mitigate the impact of waste disposal following compliance with environmental impact assessment and regulations.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. also graces the occasion wherein he expressed the potential of the abattoir to increase the value chain that could spur economic development and generate local employment for self-employed meat processors and butchers.
The 52.099 Million project was funded by the World Bank through the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Program in partnership with the Iloilo Provincial Government.
The abattoir is categorized and accredited by the DA-NMIS as “double-A,” having been equipped with appropriate equipment and employing procedures that can slaughter livestock animals into quality, hygienic meat suitable for sale in any local or national market. The facility can slaughter up to 16 heads per hour for swine and 12 heads per day for cattle and other small ruminants.
Gov. Defensor and Engr. Andig was joined by local officials of Oton led by Mayor Sofronio L. Fusin, Jr. Congresswoman Janette Garin, Vice Governor Christine S. Garin, representatives from the PPDO led by PPDC Mario Nillos, representatives from the DA-PRDP led by Engr. Antonio Ronel Trino, Punong Barangay Axel Haro, and teachers from the Lambuyao Elementary School. (cbg/PEO)