Governor Hilario P. Davide III turned over abattoir equipment worth P6.287 million to mayors in 35 local government units (LGU) including the cities of Carcar, Danao and Naga on Monday at the Capitol compound.
Each government unit received viscera inspection table, viscera cart, evisceration platform and electric hog stunner amounting from P176,000 to P250,000.
With health and sanitation as one of the key agenda of Davide administration, the Capitol is finding ways to improve the local meat inspection services in the Province in compliance with the food safety law.
Since 2013, the Cebu Provincial Government through the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PVO) has spent at least P16 million on the slaughterhouse improvement and food safety program.
This includes training for each meat inspectors that costs around P35,000.
According to PVO Chief Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy, some LGUs requested for abattoir construction, others needed rehabilitation and the rest required relocation.
Vincoy also said that out of the 51 towns and component cities in the Province, only 37 have slaughterhouses.
“Our office has been assisting the remaining government units to establish their own slaughterhouses,” she said.
One of its kind in the country
National Meat Inspector Service Director Angelita Barcelona thanked Davide for having this kind of program.
“The equipment is given freely by Governor Davide to ensure the production of meat into food that is clean and safe. The program is one of its kind in the Philippines,” she said.
“First time pa gyud ni nga project sa province ug makaayo gyud sa among slaughterhouse sa Moalboal. At least manindot na ang ihawan,” expressed Moalboal meat inspector Roel Macasero.
LGU recipients include cities of Carcar, Naga, Toledo, Bogo and Danao, and the towns of Minglanilla, San Fernando, Sibonga, Argao, Boljoon, Oslob, Dalaguete, Asturias, Balamban, Barili, Tuburan, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Medellin, Tabogon, Tabuelan, Borbon, Carmen, Catmon, Compostela, Liloan, San Francisco, Sogod, Tudela, Consolacion, Alegria, Badian, Dumanjug, Malabuyoc and Moalboal. (Heart Rizarri)