The government and the private sector recently signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an integrated cold chain supply chain solution, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported on Thursday.
In a press release, the DTI said the Board of Investments (BOI), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Insight Supply Chains Corp. are collaborating on “Developing an Integrated Cold Chain Supply Chain Solution for Evidence-Based Policy Development and Investment Programming”. ” project.
The project aims to establish a database that will identify existing cold chain service providers and project the supply and demand for these services.
Furthermore, it will also generate data on current and future gaps in cold chain services in various sectors as a basis for policy formulation and investment promotion. These sectors include agriculture, fishing, retail, and logistics and delivery.
The Department of Commerce said the project is in partnership with the National Cold Chain Committee (NC3), which is led by the BOI, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines Inc. .(CCAP).
BOI Governor Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego said the project is a “critical first step” to boost investment in the cold chain industry. She said it “can enable the Philippines to achieve food security and resilience towards a new normal.”
Earlier, CCAP Chairman Anthony Dizon said that identifying locations in need of cold chain facilities is key to attracting investment. In doing so, he said the products will be distributed in these areas, encouraging the upstream integration of production by companies.
He said the investment climate should be conducive to foreign investment to enable further technology transfer and market access, stressing the need to further promote the ease of doing business.
As such, Dizon said, the government should address any disincentives to foreign investment. He proposed to relax land use rules and ensure the security of the power supply.
The DTI said the parties agreed to launch the pilot project in Luzon, including Benguet, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon and Camarines Sur.
It will focus on priority products such as meat, fruit, vegetables, dairy products and fish, fresh or processed.
In addition, the MoU highlights the goals and objectives of the cold chain industry roadmap as well as national development programs for food safety and the integration of producers, manufacturers, traders and retailers.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization country representative Teddy Monroy said the project also supports green industry community initiatives, which can help adapt to the new normal.
“This collaboration creates synergy and promotes joint efforts through effective data management in the cold chain industry,” Monroy said.