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City gov’t to open new Halal, non-Halal abattoirs  

THE city government will soon start operations of the Halal and non-Halal slaughter houses.

Philippine Halal Trade & Tourism Expo opening ceremony. File Photo

Engineer Joseph Gabut, slaughterhouse master, said the new facilities will start operating upon the approval of the Slaughterhouse Management Board (SMB). 

“Ready na po ang manpower natin yung mga butchers, yung mga utility men, meat cutters, admin personnel, security etc. Ang approval lang po ang inaantay natin, afterwards we are ready to go,” Gabut said, pointing out that the board is composed of the City Veterinarian’s Office, City Administrator, Bankerohan Livestock Multipurpose Cooperative and the City Health Office.

The board, he added, is set to inspect next week the logistics, manpower, and other facilities to determine if these are ready for operation. The resolution for the full operation of the two slaughterhouses will be released before the end of the month. 

The construction of the two slaughterhouses started in 2020, as the non-Halal slaughterhouse is finished, while the Halal abattoir will soon get completed.

Gabut said that the full operation of the two slaughterhouses will be to the advantage of the poultry and livestock raisers near the area, while the Halal slaughterhouse will also provide an additional market for vendors.

“Yung Halal ang kinakatay natin diyan ay ang goats, carabao, and cattle so yung mga taga Callinan, Mintal and Toril Public market, it will be an add-on sa client nila kasi once na Halal ang product mo pati Muslim i-patronize yan,” he said. 

He added that for the non-Halal facilities, other components like cold storage, blast freezing, and a meat processing plant will be to the advantage of clients because these will help them easily process and preserve food for a wider market reach.

“Magiging one- stop-shop siya sa karne ng baboy from livestock, magiging carcass, and pwede kang mag proceed sa blast chiller and maka-supply ka sa supermarket, sa mga grocery, sa mga meat shops. Then pwede mong i-cut into choice cuts, for example porkchop or adobo cuts pwede pong ma-process diyan,” he said. 

He added that there is also meat processing with meat grinders that can cater to the commercial size output, unlike homemade meat. A cold storage facility, which is almost finished, is also attached to the slaughterhouses. Because of these features, Gabut said the clients can market their products outside the city and other parts of the country.

“These slaughterhouses will be categorized as double A (“AA”). Ma-widen mo ang target market mo, client mo so pwede ka mag-expand ng business,” he said.

Based on the Local Government Tax Code, the approved slaughter fees effective January 1, 2022, until December 31, 2022, are: P609.65 per head for cows; P378.11 per head for pigs; and, P176.56 per head for goats. On the other hand, the rates for cold storage, blast chilling, and meat cutting are in the process of approval by the Local Tax Committee. 

Gabut said the two slaughterhouses are the most modern, state-of-the-art slaughterhouses in Mindanao or maybe throughout the Philippines once these will operate. It will guarantee the safety consumption and also the proper hygiene, sanitation, and good manufacturing practices, including hazard analysis critical control points which are requirements of the National Meat Inspection Service. 

“I am enjoining the public to come and visit the Malagos Slaughterhouse. We accommodate walk-ins,” he said. 

 

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