Isko Moreno eyes new slaughterhouse complex in Manila

Sofia Tomacruz
Isko Moreno eyes new slaughterhouse complex in Manila


Manila Mayor Isko Moreno bares plans to build in-city vertical housing, a new slaughterhouse, and an animal clinic on the site of the Vitas Slaughterhouse in Tondo

MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno continued to give a glimpse of his new Manila as he announced a plan to build a complex to replace the beatdown Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo.

Moreno revealed his plans on Wednesday, July 17 as he lamented the condition of the filthy and rundown place while walking through it.

We cannot take this sitting down because what we’re after, the people of Manila who will buy meat sa Talipapa, sa palengke ay binibigyan ng kasiguruhan na itong mga karneng ito ay malinis na pamamaraan ng pagkatay, malinis ang paghahanda at nainspeksyon ng aming mga doktor na Ito ay safe and clean for food consumption,” Moreno said.

(We cannot take this sitting down because what we’re after [is], the people of Manila who will by meat in Talipapa, the market, should be given assurances that the meat they buy has been slaughtered and prepared in a clean way and inspected by doctors who deem it safe and clean for food consumption.)

As Moreno went around the slaughterhouse, trash, flood waters, and muddied floors were seen throughout the structure. The mayor also called out the absence of proper offices for the Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (VIB).

In line with this, Moreno said the city government planned to fix up the place and build new structures that would make it a “community of development.”

A tarpaulin bearing some of the new structures included plans for an animal clinic, a two-story slaughterhouse, holding area for animals, and city pound, as shown below.

NEW SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno wants to build a new Vitas slaughterhouse in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Manila Public Infromation Office

Nearby the structures, Moreno said he planned to build new in-city vertical housing for informal settler families and offices for employees of the Manila VIB. It will also include a gaming area and sports facility for the community.

The new mayor said improved facilities were needed for the slaughterhouse complex after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called out the condition of the slaughterhouse’s sewerage system.

Waste from the Vitas slaughterhouse, Moreno said, ultimately streamed out to Manila Bay.

POOR CONDITION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says a new slaughter is needed to improve conditions and ensure safety of meat for consumption. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Moreno had pointed to the previous city administration for the slaughterhouse’s sorry state but said he would instead focus on fixing up the place. “We don’t want to complain. We will just accept these facts and try to address it,” he said.

The Vitas slaughterhouse had made headlines las year when residents of Manila were up in arms over plans to demolish it and build a cockpit arena in its place.

Moreno said the city government would review the contract of the cockpit arena already existing there to see if it complied with the law. If it did, Moreno said he would keep it there though the priority would be on plans for the basic facilities.

Moreno eyed the new slaughterhouse to be operational by 2020. –

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Sofia Tomacruz

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic. She also writes stories on the treatment of women and children. Follow her on Twitter via @sofiatomacruz. Email her at