(Metro News) QC closes slaughterhouse in Nepa-Q–Mart

December 27, 2009 11:59 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 27 – The Quezon City government on Sunday closed the slaughterhouse inside the Nepa-Q-Mart located along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) corner Ermin Garcia St. for various violations.

Quezon City mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte said the closure order was handed out after the establishment was found to be operating without the mayor’s permit and franchise, which were in violation of City Ordinance Number SP-91, S-93, otherwise known as the Quezon City Revenue Code of 1993.

Quezon City 3rd dist. councilor Jaime Borres earlier said other government agencies and concerned groups opposed the operation of the slaughterhouse primarily due to health concerns.

In a letter dated Nov. 10, Gloria Paculdo, former owner of Nepa-Q-Mart, said there was no slaughterhouse inside the premises from 1962 until the ownership was relinquished to Maytan Estate Company in 2002.

Paculdo said she had told the Department of Agriculture (DA) Meat Inspection Board and the Quezon City Hall that operating a slaughterhouse inside the market would be hazardous since the septic vaults constructed in the market were only for human wastes and drainage for dirty water coming from the meat and fish sections.

Market administrator Neil Lina had closed the slaughterhouse earlier but it re-opened, prompting Paculdo to question city hall officials about their move.

Borres said he questioned why some sectors, including some of his colleagues, were pushing for the operation of the slaughterhouse despite its non-compliance to existing laws.

Showing documents from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) of Agriculture department, Borres said the Maytan Estate Company had clearly violated existing national and local regulations on slaughterhouse construction and operation.

Dario Bonifacio Canillas, regional technical director NMIS-National Capital Region (NCR), claimed that the new owners of Mega Q Market Plaza failed to comply with the site requirements of being 200 meters from residential areas, schools, churches, places of assembly, funeral establishments, courts or public office and 25 meters away from markets and other food establishments.

He said the new owners also failed to comply with the local zoning laws and ordinance. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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