BAGUIO CITY – The city council invited Health Secretary Janette Garin to its session on Aug. 27 to shed light on the planned segregation of a portion of the slaughterhouse compound in relation to Proclamation 312 dated April 23, 1930.
Aside from Guarin, the body also summoned the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council head, city planning and development officer Evelyn Cayat and the city veterinarian Judith Piok.
Councilor Isabelo Cosalan Jr. said the city needs to know the status of the segregation plans and the position of the DOH being the owner of the reservation in view of the many concerns plaguing the area like proliferation of illegal structures and the status of the portions already occupied by other entities.
Proclamation 312-1930 declares the area as a sanitary camp nursery reservation with the city as administrator.
In its capacity as administrator, the city cannot decide on said concerns or undertake any development in the area.
Recently, issues on the operation and rental payment of the stalls were brought to the fore prompting Mayor Mauricio Domogan to call for a review of the lease contracts in the area.
Domogan said the city is studying the possibility of relocating the facility and is eyeing the city’s property at Sto. Tomas barangay as a possible site upon approval of its multiple land use status by the national government.
In 2010, the city also studied the possibility of privatizing the operations of the abattoir but the plan has not taken off as of this time./A Refuerzo