Cattle and hog raisers can now take advantage of the newly-opened AA-rated slaughterhouse and meat processing facility in Tagum City to process their produce.
The Local Government of Tagum inaugurated last June 08, 2017 the city’s multi-million slaughterhouse which will be open for use by meat dealers and butchers for a reasonable fee.
The facility is worth P18.5 Million and will become one of the city’s income-generating enterprises to be managed by the City Economic Enterprises Office(CEEO).
Located at the five-hectare government land in Barangay Magdum, the slaughterhouse is classified under the Double A standards for abattoirs as it is equipped to produce safe processed meats for domestic market and consumption.
“I always say don’t compromise meat safety and this facility is a testament to this challenge,” said Dr. Dario Bonifacio Canillas, Regional Technical Director of National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) XI.
Dr. Canillas also pointed out that the new slaughterhouse of Tagum City will be a response to the growing demand of processed meat here and of its neighboring towns in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. NMIS XI granted P10 Million to LGU Tagum for the construction of the modern-class slaughterhouse.
Mayor Allan Rellon, on the other hand, revealed the next big projects the LGU is planning to put up within the government land, including a Cacao Processing Plant and an Animal Control Facility. The Department of Agriculture-Region XI already pledged to grant financial support for the construction of the latter.
The Local Chief Executive also quipped that the slaughter facility will also be a training venue for aspiring butchers under the Skills Training Program of the city government.
For years, Tagum City through its training program has been producing top-class butchers who successfully made their careers abroad, either in Australia or Canada.
Edwin Jabahib, Chief of Staff of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, also graced the inauguration. He said that the Office of the House Speaker will be executing this year the projects they laid for Tagum City and the other parts of Davao del Norte. Most of these are infrastructure projects that address traffic and flooding problems.
The inauguration was preluded with a Holy Mass as presided by Monsignor Ulysses Perandos, who also led the blessing of the facility. Roy Banias/CIO Tagum