The country’s first government-owned AAA slaughterhouse will start operations by November.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said the P187.2-million facility in Tanauan, Batangas will be expanded to include an additional cold storage and cutting facility .
A slaughterhouse with triple A grade is compliant with international standards, making its products qualified to be exported to other countries.
“The Tanauan AAA slaughterhouse will help propel the modernization of the livestock industry in Batangas and subsequently provide a sustained livelihood, source of income and affordable, safe and hygienic meat products to constituents and neighboring communities, including Metro Manila,” said DA Secretary William Dar.
Dar said in a statement the facility has a total floor area of 2,588 square meters, composed of a mechanized system that can process 500 head of hogs per eight-hour shift. It is located near the Tanauan vegetable trading center.
The slaughterhouse is equipped with a cold chain network consisting of three chilling rooms, two blast freezers and three cold storage rooms alongside a meat laboratory and wastewater treatment area.