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NMIS sets up environmental plan for slaughterhouses 

The National Meat Inspection Service recently held a training-workshop in Tagaytay on the Development of Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Slaughterhouses and Poultry Dressing Plants for ten Local Government Units who are recipients of Meat Establishment Improvement Program. The activity aims to provide training and assistance in the development of EMP to address the significant environmental impact brought by slaughterhouse operations. The EMP is to be based on the reduction of pollutants from the source, the use of best available technology, the use of best environmental practices and the efficient use of energy.

The participants were coached to identify the sources of pollution inside the slaughterhouse as the starting point in the course of the planning. The output served as a guide into setting up of activities to identify the pollution control approaches for each of the identified pollution source. Several initiatives such as simply attaching a nozzle to a faucet to reduce water consumption, installing traps in major drains to remove solid waste such as hair, meat trimmings and grease, putting up an anaerobic lagoon or installing wastewater treatment facility, have been proposed to be carried out to form part of the plan. Included in the list of initiatives is the enforcement of relevant laws such as Philippine Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Management Act. With these identified initiatives, the LGUs committed to reduce the pollution load generated from their slaughterhouses from 10% to 20% within six months.

“More than earning a profit, LGUs must make sure that their facilities will not harm the environment.” NMIS Executive Director and OIC-Office of the Assistant Secretary for Regulations of the Department of Agriculture Dr. Minda S. Manantan said in her message to the participants.

The LGUs were made aware that studies have shown that meat establishments are major contributors of water pollution in the country’s bodies of water. Wastewater dumped into bodies of water leads into oxygen deficiency resulting to the death of aquatic animals. One of the more severe consequences of water pollution is its effect to public health and food safety. Water contamination renders bodies of water unfit for growing aquatic animals.

“Safe food is the basic right of every citizen. The LGUs must act as champions in protecting the environment.” Dr. Manantan further said.

“I am confident that you will implement your environmental plans. Doing so will redound to the benefit of the producers, the consumers and the society in general.” Dr. Manantan continued.

“Safe food is the basic right of every citizen. The LGUs must act as champions in protecting the environment.” Dr. Manantan further said.

The participants were guided by a team of experts from the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. Dr. Manantan also emphasized that “technology comes in when practical things are not enough to control pollution.”

The ten LGUs who committed to reduce their pollution load based on their EMPs were Sta. Cruz in Ilocos sur, Tanauan in Batangas, Masinloc in Zambales, Miag-ao in Iloilo, Panabo City in Davao del Norte, Trento in Agusan del Sur, Catbalogan in Western Samar, Calamba in Misamis Occidental and Cotabato City.

“I can feel the enthusiasm of the LGUs by the presence of two Chief Executives ensuring the the plan will be sustained,” Dr. Manantan concluded.

Masinloc and Panabo City were represented by their Mayors. Roberta L. Riguer