Libon Slaughterhouse Ready for Operation

The National Meat Inspection Service represented by Executive Director Minda S. Manantan and NMIS Region V Regional Technical Director Fernando N. Lontoc, and the municipality of Libon, Albay represented by Mayor John V. Dycoco recently spearheaded the inauguration of the newly-constructed Libon municipal slaughterhouse in East Carisac, Libon, Albay.

A simple program was held to formally signal the opening of the slaughterhouse. Mayor Dycoco, during his speech, assured the NMIS that he will comply with the all the requirements set by the national government in order to ensure that the slaughterhouse will become accredited into class “AA” category so they can sell the meat outside of the municipality.

Libon slaughterhouse is the third from Bicol region to become a recipient of NMIS’s Meat Establishment and Improvement Program (MEIP) which started in 2007. The program aims to improve, rehabilitate or renovate a city or municipal government- owned and operated slaughterhouse and poultry dressing plant to help them comply with the standards set by the national government and make their operations sustainable and viable. The improvement of meat establishments is a part of the government’s thrust to attain food security, food safety and quality in the country

LGUs can become recipients of MEIP by submitting their application, project proposal and other relevant requirements at the NMIS regional office where the proposed project is located. As MEIP is a 50:50 fund-sharing scheme, LGUs must include in their proposal the amount they are willing to put up for the project so that the NMIS can allocate the same amount of fund needed to complete it.

LThe Secretary of Agriculture is the one that approves the list of final recipients of the program while the NMIS provides technical assistance in the preparation of the project proposal up to the final completion of the project. Roberta L. Riguer

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