In an interview, PGKM chair Ruperto “Perto” Cruz said Mayor Edgardo “Ed” Pamintuan and his son, Councilor Edgardo “Edu” Pamintuan, should be “commended for their decisiveness and concrete action” against the Kennon Farm in Barangay Cutcut, one of the biggest piggeries in the province which can accommodate at least 8,000 hogs.
Cruz cited Edu, chairman of the city council committee on health and environment, for recommending to the mayor the closure of the Kennon Farm located a few meters away from the posh Carmenville Subdivision and Holy Mary Memorial Park in Cutcut.
EdPam, on the other hand, ordered the closure of Kennon farm this month based on the recommendation of the councilor.
“If only the Pamintuans’ counterpart in Porac would do the same, the town would be a better place to live in,” said Cruz. He lambasted Mayor Condralito “Carling” De la Cruz for failing to act on the complaints lodged by his group and elderly folk in barangays Sta. Cruz and Paralaya, Porac against the piggeries and poultries.
Cruz also lauded Gov. Lilia “Baby” Pineda for “really addressing the problem” on at least 20 poultries and 18 piggeries in Porac.”
Pineda, for her part, said she had asked representatives of the Monterey food company to make rounds in Porac and “teach the proper management of piggeries” with consideration to the environment.
She also asked De La Cruz not to issue permits to poultries and piggeries “while the complaints are prevalent.”
On the other hand, Cruz said “we are not anti-food production but pro-workers.” “It should be a live and let live world.”
“We will give a few months for them to comply with the standards set by the government. Others must be closed if they will insist on destroying people’s health and businesses,” Cruz said.