Alaminos Abattoir is Region I’s best “AA” Meat Establishment
The Alaminos City Abattoir is vying anew in the National Search for Best Meat Establishment double “AA’ accredited slaughterhouse category.
The City Slaughterhouse earned its right to represent Region I in the national evaluation after besting its counterparts in the whole region for the third straight year.
Also known as Don Leopoldo O. Alcedo Slaughterhouse, the said abattoir has been a consistent national finalist for the past two years and the only LGU-owned slaughterhouse to land in the Top 5 nationwide.
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza recently extended his commendation to the City Veterinary Office headed by Dr. Ronald Abarra and his staff for the “job well done”.
Braganza said “this humble feat cemented the fact that our government is on the right track as far as in providing our city mates and the rest in western Pangasinan a clean, wholesome, safe, affordable, and quality meat.”
“I therefore urged Dr. Abarra and his men to continue working hard and adhere to the standards of NMIS for us to realize our vision of a Hot Meat Free Alaminos in the next 5 years for a healthier citizenry,” he added.
The dynamic Mayor acknowledged the need to upgrade the facilities at the slaughterhouse to keep pace with the changing time and the expanded needs of meat consumers.
He, thus, batted for the construction of a cold storage and meat processing plant at the abattoir compound and has started sourcing out funds to start the project.
Meanwhile, the city abattoir got its second Good Management Practice (GMP) accreditation from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) during an evaluation conducted from August 24-25, 2006.
Representative from NMIS–Central Office, Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and NMIS-Region I also arrived on the same day to conduct an ocular inspection on structures as well as operations of the slaughterhouse with regards to its capabilities of producing a quality and safe meat. (CIO)
The team headed by Dr. Lilia Payabyab of Region I, Dr. Roger Penamora of Region VI-A and Ms. Preciosa Arenas of Region IV-B rated the actual slaughtering procedures and operations of the slaughterhouse and made an assessment of all facilities, equipments and structures.