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Poultry and piggery farms to be regulated

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 8 years ago

   BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Sangguniang  Panlalawigan (SP) has  approved Ordinance number 03-series of 2014 regulating the operation and management of poultry ,piggery and livestock raising when the residents have started complaining about the foul odor and fly infestation allegedly emanating  from those establishments  which continue to pose a grave threat to public safety and health of the residents in nearby communities.

   The Ordinance, sponsored by Provincial Board Member Gaudencio Ferrer, chair of Agriculture Committee, includes the creation of a Provincial Task Force  to oversee the implementation of the provisions on the regulation regarding periodic monitoring and inspection of animal farms for the issuance of certificate to operate from the Provincial Veterinary Office .

   Dr. Alberto S. Venturina, provincial veterinarian, said that poultry and piggery farm owners who are mostly contract growers of food conglomerates from Metro Manila are required to secure the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) declaring that the projects will not bring about unacceptable environmental impact to the adjacent communities.

   Venturina said all plans , designs, specification and special features of the proposed poultry and piggery farm buildings should be submitted to local building officials for review and approval to determine if sanitary measures specifically on minimizing fly infestation  and  avoiding water pollution to ensure public safety have been complied with .

   He stressed the new Ordinance include that poultry and piggery farms must conform with the existing laws on municipal zoning. To date, there are about 101 piggery farms and 67 poultry farms registered in the province.

   He explained that piggery farms are strictly required to construct biogas digester or standard septic tank for animal waste disposal and it is unlawful to directly discharge animal waste in any irrigation canal, river banks or any body of water.

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