Naga mulls abattoir upgrade to Triple A

NAGA CITY --- Mayor Nelson Legacion said the city government is now completing the details of a proposal that seeks to upgrade its abattoir from Double “A” to Triple “A” category.

In his virtual press briefing on Monday, Sept. 21, he said the “AAA” category would allow the city slaughterhouse to cater to the butchering needs of neighboring towns in the 3rd district of Camarines Sur.

“The proposal, which is being prepared by a technical working group, will be presented to the Department of Agriculture and the National Meat Inspection Service in the hope that it would boost the city government’s aim to upgrade the facility’s category,” Legacion said.

The mayor said he is optimistic that the city government will get the P50-million grant from the national government once the proposal is approved. “What we need is to allocate 10 percent of the amount as the city’s counterpart fund,” he said.

According to Legacion, once the “AAA” standards are met, it would mean that Naga has a facility that is world-class, globally competitive and authorized to engage in the slaughter of hogs, cattle, carabao, and goat for international trade.

The association of meat processors in the Philippines believe that the establishment of Triple A slaughterhouses in the country will help hog farmers earn more from their hard work as they can directly market their produce to the buyers using these facilities. (PNA)