Some residents in Silay City are questioning the continuous operations of two commercial poultry farms in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon despite the cease-and-desist order issued last year due to the alleged presence of flies and unwanted odor coming from these facilities.
In an interview yesterday, Noel Desuyo, purok president of Hda. Violeta, Brgy. Kapitan Ramon in Silay City, said two commercial farms owned by Juliet Solano and Pacita Gonzales, have been a problem in their community since last year, affecting about 120 families.
He said Mayor Mark Golez has already issued a cease-and-desist order to the poultry farms, but they were given the mayor’s permit to operate in February this year.
A document presented to the media showed that PTG Poultry Farm Corporation, which Desuyo said is owned by Gonzales, has acquired a mayor’s permit to operate the poultry farm in Hda. Violeta on Feb. 13.
“We are worried that some people, especially the kids, are starting to develop illness from the flies and bad odor coming from the farms,” he said, adding that despite the CDO issued last year, these farms continue to operate.
The CDO stated that the City Health Office, Office of the Building Official, and the City Planning and Development Office found out various violations and recommended the stoppage of their operations.
The operators asked for reconsideration but it was denied, the CDO issued on Aug. 30, 2017 added.
Desuyo, Task Force Kasanag Negros Island commander Edsel Vaflor, and two members from the community presented yesterday documents showing the petition from the teachers of a school, and residents near the commercial farms that were submitted to both the barangay and the Silay City Hall.
The Violeta Integrated School and the residential area are adjacent to the two farms separated by sugarcane farms, Desuyo said, adding that the facilities are so near that the odor and the flies coming from these pervade the area and are going into their homes.
Vaflor also said that TFK will go to the area today for fact-finding investigation to verify the claims of Desuyo and the community living in the area.
He said they received the complaint from the group of Desuyo after stating that their barangay captain does not act on their pleas.
“The allegation is a big problem, as before the operation, the farms were also not complying with the ordinance on putting up commercial farms," Vaflor said.
If the allegations are true, TFK will file a complaint against the owners with the concerned government agencies and the Office of the President to ask for actions and solutions on this issue, he added.
“We are concerned over the public health of the community, especially the kids going to school. Hopefully, the government will act on it after we file a complaint,” Vaflor said.*MLG
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