NMIS pushes upgrading of slaughterhouses in Region 12

August 17, 2009 1:54 pm 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Aug. 17 -– The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in Region 12 (Central Mindanao) is working for the immediate upgrading of slaughterhouse facilities being run by local government units (LGUs) as it pushes for the region’s compliance with the national government’s standards.

Dr. Ariel Billones, NMIS Region 12 director, said such move was part of the implementation of government’s continuing efforts to modernize and improve the operational standards of all slaughterhouses or abattoirs in the country.

“We’ve been assisting our LGUs acquire the latest standard equipment for their slaughterhouses and adopt the standard practices to ensure that they offer quality services,” he said.

Billones said the use of upgraded or modern slaughterhouse equipment primarily ensures compliance with basic cleanliness, hygiene and sanitary regulations set by the NMIS.

He said they also improve the efficiency of slaughterhouse operations, the quality of the meat products and the classification of the slaughterhouse facility.

He cited the case of Koronadal City’s slaughterhouse, which was recently downgraded by the NMIS reportedly due to its failure to upgrade its facilities.

Billones said most LGUs in the region have signified their intention to upgrade or modernize their slaughterhouses but were hampered by the cost that it entails.

Region 12 covers South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Cotabato and the cities of Koronadal, General Santos, Tacurong, Cotabato and Kidapawan provinces.

According to estimates made by some local government planners in the area, the establishment of a small complete slaughterhouse that will pass the “double A” classification standards will cost at least P4-5 million.(PNA)

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