In a groundbreaking ceremony held last June 13, 2019 at Tinigaw, Kalibo, Aklan, the Municipality of Kalibo together with the Philippine Slaughterhouse Management and Operation (PSMO), Inc. forged a joint venture agreement to rehabilitate and renovate the existing Kalibo Meat Plant in order to attain double “AA” accreditation, ensuring the public’s access to clean and secure meat products.
The project, which was undertaken as a joint venture under a public-private partnership scheme, uses the PPP Code of Aklan, as adopted by the Municipal Government of Kalibo and approved by its local Sanggunian, as its legal framework. The Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) was signed on June 3, 2019 immediately followed by the issuance of the Notice of Award (NOA) for the project on June 4, 2019. The construction period shall be completed within 12 months from receipt of Notice to Proceed. According to the JVA, the cooperation period is 28 years.
The JVA also states that the PSMO will improve the building structure of the municipal slaughterhouse, provide a modern stunning gun and introduce innovations in the pen design which upgrades the humane handling of food animals. The rehabilitation of the meat plant will also allow higher daily production capacity of the slaughterhouse.
The Kalibo Meat Plant Project will be under the supervision of the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS), an agency under the Department of Agriculture that implements guidelines and policies on the proper handling, inspection, processing, storage and preservation of meat and meat by-products.
The Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center) assisted the Kalibo LGU in the review of the unsolicited proposal and during the procurement stage. It also conducted a one-day workshop on Project Implementation and Monitoring, and Contract Management to further capacitate and enhance the knowledge of the LGU’s project team.