Piggeries and poultry farms have been banned in Quezon City for concerns regarding citizens’ health issues and pollution of waterways.
Only three out of 17 barangays remain with operational piggeries.
MANILA — To compensate for the losses, the local government has given owners with alternate livelihood possibilities.
“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya (Before they close, we will make sure that they get back their income and provide them with an alternative livelihood so that they can have another source of income for their families),” she added.
According to City Ordinance 2290-2020, no piggery or poultry farms for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.
“Bilang alternative sa pangkabuhayan nila noon, binigyan natin ng livelihood options ang piggery owners.
“Sa ngayon, mayroon nang 118 recipients ng livelihood programs natin through our Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (As an alternative to their livelihood then, we gave livelihood options to piggery owners.
“So far, we have 118 recipients of our livelihood programs through our Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office),” City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said.
Some hog raisers were given electronic tricycles from the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) as an alternative livelihood. (HMP/The MiNT)