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Hindi ba boy? Iloilo slaughterhouse plan surprises DA

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The Department of Agriculture is seemingly unaware of a plan by the Iloilo City government to set aside P150 million to improve its slaughterhouse.

DA Assistant Secretary for Regulations and the Visayas Hansel Didulo said they are still waiting for technical specifications from the technical working group.

Didulo said that while they are working with the city government on the matter, he has yet to see its master plan.

Worse, he said their office has no budget for the proposed P100-million rehabilitation.

Earlier, Local Economic Enterprise Office head Jose Ariel Castañeda said that the master plan for rehabilitating and expanding the slaughterhouse will cost some P150 million.

Castañeda said the City Engineering Office submitted the plan last Aug. 2.

Still, Didulo said it would be possible to build a new slaughterhouse by improving it – or even building a new one.

The slaughterhouse, which operates 364 days a year, processes 150 hogs and 20 large animals every day but lacks certification from the national government.