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Monday, May 26, 2014
AVM Bernardo Engineering represented by owner Antonio Valeriano M. Bernardo said on Monday they are seeking an audience with Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella to discuss the concerns and issues regarding the city’s slaughterhouse in Barangay Handumanan.
Bernardo, who was in Bacolod over the weekend, said that as private contractor of the city’s abattoir, they are the partner of the City Government in extending slaughtering services to the community.
In a press conference, Bernardo was joined by plant manager Glorydee Cometa and legal counsel Marvin Tañada.
Earlier, Puentevella disclosed that the city plans to take over the operation of the slaughter after AVM Bernardo violated certain violations of its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the City Government.
“We will make a clarification with the Office of the City Mayor. We simply need to further discuss with him (the mayor) some additional information as to the present situation. There were several letters sent to AVM from the city, informing us of certain violations. But for us or for me personally, I don’t look at it as a violation. Maybe simply an information to remind us about those few items,” Bernardo said.
“We are here to help the city. We are not perfect. Should we have this shortcoming, this simply means a little wake-up call,” he added.
He also said that they can legally satisfy the requirements set by four government agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Interior the Local Government.
“The AVM Bernardo slaughterhouse is compliant. We might have some items that they were looking for as deficiency. But we are (still) operating without using those items,” Bernardo said.
He added: “I hope the city will not take over the slaughterhouse operation. If they will take over, they can only take what they own and not what they don’t own. When we came here in 2008, the slaughterhouse building was no less than nine years old and empty. It has been cannibalized. We were about to back out from entering the contract then because it was far from the condition when we made the preliminary evaluation. Many things were missing and there was almost nothing in that facility except the land.”
Tañada said that they cannot find in the MOA a provision that allows or authorizes the other party to take over in case of violation.
“We don’t expect that any takeover will happen because the mayor is a man of reason and he always settles things in a negotiating table. Things can be resolved. It is just a matter of conferring with the city,” the lawyer said.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 26, 2014.