CABANATUAN CITY – Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio M. Umali directed the local environment office to conduct an immediate inspection of poultry and piggery farms with the help of the Philippine National Police and close down erring firms found 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 nyo 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,” warned Umali, adding that these firms’ continued operations pose a 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 those erring firms for them to explain their side and hear out the complaints against them and if they fail to present the corresponding environmental clearances and building permits they will be closed down.
Umali also warned that the local chief executive where the erring poultry or piggery farm being complained is located will not be spared as he or she will also be administratively charged.
Gov. Umali aired the warning during last Tuesday’s third episode of his weekly DWNE-Teleradyo program dubbed, “Usapang MAlasakit sa LIpunan” with co-host provincial administrator Atty. Alejandro R. Abesamis.
This came amid numerous complaints from local residents in Palayan City, Lupao and other areas where these poultry and piggery farms allegedly operate without the necessary permits and environmental safeguards.