MANILA— The San Juan City government on Wednesday ordered the closure of a slaughterhouse over violations to environmental laws and city ordinances.
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora, together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), served the closure order to Megga Foods and Stock Farm Inc. in Barangay Kabayanan for violating the city's revenue code and Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
The violator had an expired wastewater discharge permit and did not have a sanitary permit, among others, the order from the city's business permits and licenses office showed.
Zamora said a show cause order was served against the slaughterhouse on Oct. 9, 2019 but that it failed to comply.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said shutting down erring business establishments was in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to clean up all rivers and waterways, such as the Manila Bay, which has been undergoing rehabilitation.
Business establishments without wastewater treatment facilities, especially those near rivers, should not be issued business permits, the DENR reiterated.
In Mandaluyong City, Mayor Menchie Abalos also made rounds at the Kalentong Market and warned the management to clean up or be shut down.
Abalos said she suspects the chicken slaughterhouse may not have valid permits from the city.
The DENR said it had received hundreds of complaints on various violations of business establishments, while some 47 were ordered closed for violating environmental laws.—Report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News