The Philippines' National Meat Inspection Service has plans to build four to five public slaughterhouses and poultry dressing plants to help boost the country's competitiveness in the global poultry meat industry in 2012, according to reports.

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The facilities will serve as places where producers can bring their animals for proper slaughtering in sanitary conditions. "We have an approved P180 million (US$4.18 million) in our 2012 budget for such purpose," said NMIS Executive Director Jane Bacayo. "Lack of such service facilities in the country creates a gap at present because producers can't fully meet processors' needs." The facilities will be government-owned, but the private sector will be tapped to run operations.