DESCRIBING the smelly, filthy and muddy state of the Vitas Slaughterhouse in Tondo as the symbol that Manila had been ‘raped,’ Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna yesterday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new slaughterhouse compound, with a call for barangay officials in the city to work hand-in-hand with the city government or be left behind.
In the same event where they were joined by city engineer Armand Andres, Moreno also signed papers for the regularization of seven job order (JO) personnel who had been working in Vitas for as long as seven years to nine years.
Moreno said that with the groundbreaking ceremony, employees of the said slaughterhouse will also now be given a decent office of their own, noting that for the past several years, they were merely ‘squatters’ who shared office with the health center in the area where the stench of rotting meat pervaded the air.
‘Nakakalungkot na me mga namuno, pinaniwalaan ninyo, akala nyo mabuti. Eto na itsura, wala na tayong magagawa. Move on. Sana balang araw, ‘wag na kayong magkamali ulit..matuto na din kayo parang ako,’ Moreno said in his brief message.
He added: Basta kami ni Honey, pagbubutihin namin at magsisikap kami pero di namin kakayanin nang wala ang tulong ninyo.’
Moreno also took a potshot at some barangay chairmen who continue to play politics even when the elections are over.
‘Ngayon kayo bumawi. Ito ang pagkakataon n’yong bumawi. Balikan n’yo ang mga mamamayang naghalal sa atin dahil sila ay umaasa sa malinis, maayos at ligtas na pamayanan. Kaya mga chairman, may panahon pa ng pagbabago. Buti pa ang mga kagawad nyo mababait,’ he quipped.
Moreno said he is giving barangay chairmen the chance to do their sworn duty by cooperating with the city government and putting aside politics.
‘Basta kami, pag di kayo sumama, tuloy kami. Kung kasama namin kayo, kasabay namin kayo at kung di kayo kasama, iiwan namin kayo. Wala nang ibang panahon para ibangon ang siyudad,’Moreno stressed.
Meanwhile, in signing the regularization papers of the seven slaughterhouse employees, Moreno said it is unfair for the JO personnel who have rendered years of service to continue feeling nervous every six months and scared if they will be renewed or not.
The said slaughterhouse is where most of the meat being sold in the city’s public markets come from which is why Moreno ordered its rehabilitation, to ensure that all meat being bought by the ordinary Manilans are clean and safe for consumption.