CABANATUAN City 00 Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio M. Umali ordered the local Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with the help of the Philippine National Police, conduct an immediate inspection of poultry and piggery farms in the province, and close down those without building permits and the required environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the provincial government.
“Sa ating mga poultry at piggery, kapag nag-inspect na po ang ating teams ay ipakita n’yo po ang inyong building permit at ECC at kapag wala kayong ipinakita, kayo po ay ipasasara. Dahil ito po ay mandato at ito po ay walang sisinuhin, lalo na po doon sa malalapit sa amin, wala pong pulitika dito,” said Umali, adding those that continue their operations pose serious threat to the natural environment and health of the people living in the area.
The governor said a formal notice will be given to these erring farms so they can explain their side.
If they still fail to present the corresponding environmental clearances and building permits they will be closed down.
“If you want to open it, let’s go to court, let’s get it on,” Umali said.
The governor also warned the local chief executive of the poultry or piggery farms being complained will not be spared.
The stern order was in response to several complaints from local residents in Palayan City, Lupao and nearby areas that some poultry and piggery farms allegedly operate without local permit and environmental safeguards.
Umali aired the warning during last Tuesday’s episode of the weekly DWNE-Teleradyo program “Usapang MAlasakit sa LIpunan” with co-host provincial administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis.