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Piggery shut down; owner, 3 others arrested

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CEBU. The National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas have shut down Multifarms Agro-Industrial Development Corp. in San Fernando, Cebu and had its drainage system destroyed after it allegedly used the system to dump pig waste directly into the sea. The owner was arrested. (Alex Badayos)

 

February 26, 2019

A CLOSURE order was issued against a large-scale piggery in Sitio Magtalisay, Barangay Sangat, San Fernando on Tuesday, Feb. 26, for allegedly violating various environmental laws.

The piggery allegedly violated Republic Act (RA) 8550, or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines, and RA 9275, or the Clean Water Act, for allegedly dumping pig waste directly into the sea. 

The piggery has allegedly been operating without a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 since the 1980s.

A complaint was also lodged against the piggery owners before the National Coast Watch System in Manila before it was forwarded to the Regional Coordinating Center of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 7.

After discovering that the piggery’s drainage system emptied out into the sea, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 and the PCG 7 decided to close the establishment and ask personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways to destroy the drainage system.

The NBI 7 also arrested Santiago Tanchan III, owner of the Multifarms Agro-Industrial Development Corp., and maintenance officers Jayson Fritz Aguanta and Jeramil Sabala and manager Rosalio Aguanta.

“During the service of the search warrant, we chanced upon the owner as well as the plant manager and other officers... dumping wastewater into the municipal waters of San Fernando. That’s the reason we conducted an arrest after finding that,” said Czar Eric Nuqui, chief of the NBI 7 Environmental Crimes Division.

The search warrant was issued by the Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 24 after several months of monitoring by the composite team composed of the NBI 7, PCG 7 and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) 7.

“Right now, we are still continuing our investigation, but we are contemplating on filing cases. Maybe, first thing tomorrow morning, we will be filing cases via inquest with the Department of Justice at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office,” Nuqui said.

Tanchan, Sabala and Jayson and Rosalio Aguanta will be charged with violating RA 10654, or the Fisheries Code of 1998; RA 9275; and Presidential Decree 1067, or the Water Code of the Philippines.

Tanchan refused to be interviewed. “We’ll wait for our lawyer,” he said.

Meanwhile, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 Director William Cuñado said he had ordered Multifarms to pay P14.5 million as penalty for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act on several occasions.

He said the firm always appealed his order before their central office in Manila, which caused delays in the implementation of the penalty.

He said the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) also denied the firm’s appeals.

Cuñado said that at one time, the firm told the PAB it already corrected its violations and complied with the law, which, upon inspection, were found not to be true.

The piggery has no less than 10,000 pigs. All their untreated wastes went directly to the sea.

The EMB 7 again ordered Multifarms on Tuesday to pay the P14.5-million fine within 15 days. (From AYB of SuperBalita Cebu, Wenilyn Sabao, USJ-R Intern, EOB)

 

 

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to_dave007

From the sound of it..  this was way overdue.. Three cheers to the guys that had the guts to make those arrests.

 

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liquido
2 hours ago, EOMFD464 said:

The piggery has allegedly been operating without a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 since the 1980s.

Gee..I wonder how they managed that?

"The piggery has no less than 10,000 pigs. All their untreated wastes went directly to the sea." Where will all the wastes go now?

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1 hour ago, liquido said:

Gee..I wonder how they managed that?

Stories like this make my blood boil..  No doubt whatsoever that money changed hands somewhere under the table..  for 30 to 40 f**king years..  Unbelievable. Pollution on an industrial scale just made for better payola budget.

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to_dave007

Met a British man.. I think he used to be member here..  in Asturias who had a mid sized piggery with his wife..  About 100 to 200 pigs I think.  Big enough that they had the permit people all over them..  And to me it looked like the Brit did the right thing by having a decent sewage system.  No idea if it was sized right but it did seem extensive.  And he was proud that they were able to supply free cooking gas from the piggery to all the staff.  Regardless..  it's better than pipes to the ocean.

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liquido

I just cannot imagine  what kind of environmental damage that the revolving amount amount of 10,000 pigs did to the ocean for all those years..The smell in that dumping area must have been horrendous..20-30 something years worth...Im sure no other officials in that area will go down with the owner..

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HTM

P14.5-million fine, NICE!!!

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16 minutes ago, HTM said:

P14.5-million fine, NICE!!!

A lot of bacon. 

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Met a British man.. I think he used to be member here..  in Asturias who had a mid sized piggery with his wife..  About 100 to 200 pigs I think.  Big enough that they had the permit people all over them..  And to me it looked like the Brit did the right thing by having a decent sewage system.  No idea if it was sized right but it did seem extensive.  And he was proud that they were able to supply free cooking gas from the piggery to all the staff.  Regardless..  it's better than pipes to the ocean.
I had an Aussie friend ..also in Austurias , had exactly the same setup ..( though not so many pigs )
But this guy ..Dennis ,I'm pretty sure, was not a member here .

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p-power

That area near Sangat in San Fernando was called barangay baho.
The company handed out rice and foods to the people who lived there every Christmas, every body happy :)

 

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NigelandMJ

Seems to me that, seeing as they have destroyed the sewage system, shut down the business and arrested the the people running the place, There is either going to be a lot of dead pigs (more than 10,000) rotting on the farm, Or, a huge amount of pork dumped on the market causing prices to plummet. Or the company will have a huge logistical problem of getting a very large number of pigs (more than 10,000) out of an area in a very short period of time and transport them to many different places around the Philippines. I honestly dont think this last option will happen, as too costly, and who would pay. I think a lot of people will be getting cheap Lechon  !!! 

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7 hours ago, Gus said:

I had an Aussie friend ..also in Austurias , had exactly the same setup ..( though not so many pigs )
But this guy ..Dennis ,I'm pretty sure, was not a member here .

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Not same guy..  the Brit was named Frank.

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12 hours ago, liquido said:

Gee..I wonder how they managed that?

"The piggery has no less than 10,000 pigs. All their untreated wastes went directly to the sea." Where will all the wastes go now?

Somehow I'd rather not think of your screen name..  and the 10,000 pigs..  at the same time.

Story from my past..  Years ago.. I think about 1970..  I was 17..  and I worked after school and on weekends for Ron McClung.. farmer in southern Ontario. Ron was a energetic guy, still under 30, with a large and varied farm..  including about 300 hogs.  He'd buy them as piglets..  and raise them in the barn to market weight.  And of course about 1/2 of these piglets were male..  so the vet needed to come at some point for the "snip snip" to help the boys become.. well..  better meat.  And when the vet came, we needed to hold the poor fellows down..  because after the first few were done the rest knew damn well what was coming..  and they objected.  Well.. one year my boss waited just a bit too long..  and they hogs were that much larger by the time the vet came..  and holding them down was a tough job.  And after 150 of those wrestling matches we were soaked in sweat..  and pig sh*t.  I remember his mom came running out of the house as we headed towards the house to clean up a bit and eat..  yelling "No No No damn it.. You aren't coming in here.  Go wash in the barn and I'll bring your food outside".  Lol..  memories.

I used to have to load big piles of the pig sh*t ,into the manure spreader and spread it out on the fields..  Always dreaded driving with the wind at my back on a windy day.

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East Saxon

This being the Philippines I cannot help thinking that not much will happen to the owner ,maybe the poor guy who shoveled Shit all day will end up in it.

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oztony

This is way deeper than just the pig farm ...there is corruption at a local government level , and that is where the investigators need to go ..welcome to the Philippines..

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