ORANI, Bataan: Residents from two upland villages in Orani, Bataan on Sunday held a rally demanding the closure of a poultry farm that they claimed is the source of swarms of flies pestering them.
Like flies, the protesters from Barangays Pag-asa and Tala swarmed into the Chinese-owned Richwin Farm located on a hill in Pag-asa but could not get past the closed gate.
They carried placards that read “Isara poultry ng langaw [Close the poultry of flies], Ganda ng kalikasan nawawala dahil sa langaw [The beauty of nature is gone due to flies] and “Yes to kalusugan, no to langaw [Yes to health, no to flies]” among others.
Poultry guard Henry delos Reyes said his bosses were out but confirmed that there were many flies around.
“Malangaw dahil ka-haharvest. Itong Mayo dumami ang langaw [There are lots of flies because of the harvest. There’s plenty this May],” he said.
The guard said the three-year-old farm has five sets of poultry that can accommodate a total of 140,000 chickens.
The flies reached even the beautiful Sinagtala Resort adjacent to the Bataan National Park in Tala that is comparable to Tagaytay City.
Visitors said they could not enjoy sipping the local kapeng barako and fresh buko juice because of the pesky flies.
“Sobrang na-enganyo kami sa ganda ng resort pero na-disturb kami dahil sa dami ng langaw. Hindi pa nabubuksan ang pagkain namin, nilalangaw na [We love the beauty of the resort but we are disturbed by the presence of flies],” said first-time visitor Analyn.
Some visitors lighted candles on tables to drive away the flies but to no avail.
Resort manager Dennis Cu–adro said the poultry is a threat to tourism.