Bye bye bocha: Manila to construct 'top of the line' abattoir

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 22 2019 03:04 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2019 03:28 PM

MANILA - A "top of the line" slaughterhouse will be built in the capital to curb the sale of spoiled meat in Manila wet markets, Mayor Isko Moreno said Thursday, after nearly 2 tons of decaying meat were confiscated in the city in less than 2 months.

Since July 1, a total of 2,689 kilos of "botcha" or spoiled meat were seized by authorities from different areas in Manila, Moreno said in a Facebook video.

The sale of these goods, which are unsafe for consumption, can be stopped if Manila can have a "modern" abattoir, he said.

"Ibabalik ko ang slaughterhouse ng lungsod ng Maynila na malinis, top of the line na slaughterhouse," Moreno said.

(I will bring back Manila's slaughter house and make sure that it is a clean and top of the line slaughter house.)

"Pag 'yan ay naitayo na natin, wala akong papayagang karne na ibebenta sa lungsod ng Maynila na hindi kinatay sa slaughterhouse na itatayo natin sa lungsod ng Maynila," he said.

(Once we construct that, I will not allow any meat to be sold in Manila, unless it is butchered in that slaughter house.)

The city government is already in the process of designing and planning the details of the abattoir, he said.

The slaughterhouse is expected to be built in Vitas, Tondo, where the city's makeshift abattoir is located, Moreno's chief of staff Cesar Chavez said in a statement.

The proposed slaughter complex would house several buildings including a butchering center and an animal clinic, among others, according to design proposals shown to the media in July.