Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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103 piggeries operating in city based on latest inventory
by Julie G. Fianza / PIO

The city’s interagency task force on piggeries to this point has inventoried 103 piggeries in 14 barangays by the end of last month.

A total of 866 heads were counted. In Gibraltar, 257 heads in 26 piggeries were counted, while there were 16 piggeries with 168 heads in Pacdal; St. Joseph, 12 piggeries with 75 heads; Outlook Drive eight with 101 heads; Holyghost Extension, 18 piggeries with 94 heads; Balsigan, 22 piggeries with 168 heads; and Holy Ghost Proper, two piggeries with three heads.

A piggery in Brookside has since stopped operating.

Honeymoon-Holy Ghost, Cabinet Hill, Engineers Hill, DPS Compound, Marcoville, and Imelda Village were visited but no pigs were listed in a report by environment management specialist Pastor Ba-awa.

The report also noted that the piggeries in residential areas have stopped operation. Other hog-raisers have improved their pigpens and turned these into sari-sari stores, additional rooms or boarding houses.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan issued Administrative Order 43 s. 2018 creating the inter-agency task force to inventory piggeries in the barangays and come up with recommendations to prevent air and water pollution caused by backyard piggeries.

The task force is composed of the City Environment and Parks Management Officer as chairperson, City Health Services Officer as action officer and member-representatives from the City Veterinary Office, City Buildings Office, Environment Management Bureau, and the Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB-CAR).

The AO is anchored on the Philippine Clean Water Act, which delves on the protection and advancement of peoples’ rights to a balanced and healthful ecology with sustainable development, and a responsibility of every citizen.

The Philippine Water Act also provides that the State should pursue economic growth but with the “protection, preservation and revival of the quality of our fresh, brackish and marine water.

A provision of the HLURB also prescribes that piggeries are not allowed in highly urbanized places.

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