DAVAO CITY BUSINESS BUREAU SLAMMED FOR CLOSING EYES VS. “OBNOXIOUS” DRESSING PLANT
Residents of two villages in Davao City are up in arms against the City Hall Business Bureau for allowing the operation of a dressing plant that has tormented villagers with nasal torture from obnoxious odor spewed out by the facility.
The Business Bureau is headed by Atty. Marissa Torentera.
The Barbatos Ventures Corporation Chicken Dressing Plant and Para Sa Pangasius (PSP) Rendering Plant in Purok 12 Quarry in Barangay Tugbok Proper in Tugbok District has not been granted a business permit for 2019 by the Business Bureau as Barangay Tugbok Proper have not issued a barangay clearance, which is a mandatory requirement for issuance of business permit. The facility has also been opposed by neighboring Barangay Angalan. The two barangays have passed resolutions against the operation of the plant and have lodged an appeal to Mayor Sara Duterte to immediately close down Barbatos for lack of business permit, and for odor and water pollution. The Barbatos facility, the former Vitarich Dressing Plant, however has continued to operate.
Two complaints, backed by a petition signed by nearly a thousand residents, have been raised against Barbatos by residents of barangays Angalan and Tugbok Proper: 1. Foul odor emanating from the Dressing Plant which services dressing needs of poultry farms in the city and the Rendering Plant which processes into feeds and feed additives solid wastes from the poultry farms. 2. Improper management of Waste Water Treatment Facility (WWTF). The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) has already recommended the immediate closure of Barbatos. Based on the complaints, Cenro conducted five inspections on the plant in 2018. The Cenro in the series of inspections suggested various recommendations that should be adopted but in the end found that Barbatos and PSP failed to address the complaints against foul odor and the WWTF which has no clearance from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR). After conducting its sixth and final inspection on January 18, 2019, Cenro recommended the closure of Barbatos. In its report, dated January 21, 2019, titled “Chronological inspection activities conducted at Barbatos Ventures Corporation located at Purok 12, Sampaguita St., Quarry, Tugbok District,” Cenro recommended “TO STOP OPERATION AND TRANSFER OPERATION OF BARBATOS VENTURES CORPORATION AND PSP DUE TO FAILURE IN ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF FOUL ODOR AND THE PROBLEM OF THEIR WASTE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY.” Copy of the final report was furnished to Tugbok Proper Punong Barangay Wilfredo C. Anfone, Business Bureau. City Health Office and the Davao City Council. In the appeal to Mayor Duterte, Punong Barangay Wilfredo C. Anfone said that despite the Cenro recommendation, Barbatos “continues to operate; despite opposition of residents, without barangay clearance, without permit from the Business Bureau, City Health, Cenro, DENR-EMB and other concerned government agencies.”