How COVID-19 Impacted the Philippines’ Food Supply Chain

As a part of the CCI-Hub’s on-going video series, today we are taking a closer look at how the country has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic — especially with respect to the cold chain industry and the overall food supply chain.

We hope that this video can serve as a useful resource for further discussion as we plan to speak more in-depth about the subject with experts in the field over the next few weeks.

As always, we look forward to hearing any feedback, comments or questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly.

List of Sources

DateTypeDescription/Headline
June 11, 2020FacebookMunicipality of La Trinidad, Province of Benguet, Executive Order No. 39, 3 day lockdown of vegetable trading post
June 10, 2020FacebookLa Trinidad, Benguet records 15th COVID-19 case
June 10, 2020ArticlePoultry stakeholders slam limit in production
June 6, 2020ArticleP5.8 billion worth of products sold through DA’s Kadiwa program
June 6, 2020ArticleKorean technology boosts Benguet farmers’ productivity
June 5, 2020ArticleDA-Cordillera okays P75-M veggie processing plant
June 4, 2020ArticleTomato glut forces farmers to dump produce at Vizcaya, Ifugao roadsides
June 4, 2020ArticleGovernment tightens requirements for meat imports
June 2, 2020ArticleBenguet farmers adopt Japan’s safe vegetable production technology
June 1, 2020ArticlePPP projects vital to Covid response were shelved
May 31, 2020ArticleCold storage facilities now at 97% capacity; new projects still in progress – CCAP
May 30, 2020ArticleMetro Manila under GCQ starting June 1 – Duterte
May 29, 2020ArticleBigger budget for infrastructure, health sectors eyed
May 26, 2020ArticleIkhlas sitting on dry powder of more than US$175 mil
May 26, 2020Article4 structural reforms key in post-COVID economy
May 21, 2020WebinarFood Supply Chain in COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities
May 20, 2020ArticleSec. Chua’s plan for recovery
May 18, 2020ArticleFood producers face new problems after lockdowns
May 15, 2020Article’Balik Probinsya’ to address lack of opportunities in countryside
May 15, 2020ArticleThis entrepreneur is helping farmers get food to consumers during lockdown
May 14, 2020ArticleIkhlas Capital invests US$18mil in cold chain logistics firm in the Philippines
May 14, 2020WebinarDigital Conversations Series | “Food Security in the Philippines in the Time of CoViD-19”
May 13, 2020ArticleDA proposes P66-B stimulus plan for agri sector
May 13, 2020ArticleDA aids 1.5K Cordillera farmers amid Covid-19 crisis
May 13, 2020ArticleTruckloads of tomatoes, bell peppers dumped anew because of limited transport schedule
May 12, 2020FacebookIfugao Highland Farmers’ Forum – Basura na naman ang kamatis!
May 12, 2020ArticleLocal raisers want poultry imports halted
May 12, 2020ArticleDOF: Gov’t should accelerate ‘Build’ program, food production to revive PH economy
May 10, 2020YoutubeCherrie Atilano (C-9 Series) | Part 3: Re-Imagining Farming after COVID-19
May 10, 2020Youtube‘AGREA’ launches ‘Move Food’ initiative to help farmers amid Covid-19 lockdown | ANC
May 9, 2020ArticleORCA Cold Chain brings automation to COVID-19 hit PH supply chain industry
May 8, 2020Article30 METRO MANILA RESTAURANTS SELLING READY-TO-COOK FOOD PACKS
May 6, 2020ArticleDOTr donates refrigerated container vans for cold storage of agri-fishery products
May 1, 2020ArticleCoronavirus lockdown pushes farmers, fisherfolk into deeper poverty
May 1, 2020ArticleDepartment of Agriculture implementing new tech to aid in food security
April 25, 2020ArticleWith lockdowns in place, small restaurants worry about staying afloat
April 18, 2020ArticleCold stores nearly full, operators flag logistics problems post-ECQ
April 13, 2020ArticleMore than 12,000 farmers, consumers benefit from ‘Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita’
April 10, 2020YoutubePhilippines virus lockdown affects supply, sale of crops, Al Jazeera
April 6, 2020YoutubePalengke online: PH Agriculture Dept., Quezon City launch online mobile market | ANC
April 6, 2020ArticleFilipino tech experts, DOST partner for rapid COVID-19 checkpoint verification
April 6, 2020ArticleFarmers trash spoiled vegetables while poor go hungry
April 3, 2020ArticleDA taps private sector, employs tech solution to expand Kadiwa
April 3, 2020ArticleJoint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 20-01 fast tracks release of cargoes to address port congestion
April 2, 2020YoutubePort congestion due to COVID-19 ‘abnormality,’ trucker group says | ANC
April 2, 2020ArticleCoronavirus: in the Philippines, cargo containers packed with food pile up in ports amid lockdown
April 1, 2020ArticleThis initiative will help local farmers to sell their produce straight to buyers
March 31, 2020Youtube24 Oras: La Trinidad lockdown temporarily halts vegetable shipments
March 27, 2020FacebookRapidpassph page created on facebook
March 27, 2020ArticleFeature: How COVID-19 could impact food security
March 26, 2020YoutubeDA launches Kadiwa on Wheels
March 26, 2020ArticleFarmers barred from farms amid quarantine: ‘They are frontliners, too’
March 26, 2020ArticleIATF-EID approves DA’s protocol to ease transport of food products to MM, other urban areas nationwide
March 25, 2020ArticleCordillera farmers throw away veggies due to lack of buyers amid COVID-19 quarantine
March 25, 2020ArticleNational government allows all farming and fishing activities amid COVID-19 threat
March 25, 2020ArticleDA to set in motion ALPAS COVID-19 to ease the threat of hunger
March 24, 2020ArticleLa Trinidad partially closes trading post
March 23, 2020Article’There is food for everyone’ – manufacturers
March 21, 2020Article‘Irrational checkpoints’ threat to Bicol food stock
March 21, 2020ArticleWorried meat processors ‘have a beef’ with checkpoint enforcers
March 18, 2020ArticleDA sets rules for easier entry of food items and farm inputs in quarantine area
March 18, 2020ArticleDA issues protocols for unhampered transit of food items during Luzon-wide quarantine
InfographicDepartment of Agriculture – Philippines
March 18, 2020FacebookDepartment of Agriculture – Philippines
March 17, 2020ArticleCoronavirus: Philippines quarantines island of 57 million people
March 17, 2020Youtube‘Enhanced Community Quarantine’ takes effect in Luzon
March 16, 2020YoutubePresident Duterte declares enhanced community quarantine over entire Luzon to contain COVID-19
March 16, 2020ArticleDuterte orders Luzon-wide ‘enhanced community quarantine’
March 16, 2020ArticleGUIDELINES: Luzon ‘enhanced community quarantine’
March 15, 2020ArticleRestaurants stay strong amid COVID-19
March 10, 2020ArticleHouse OKs 100% foreign ownership in power, transport and communications
March 6, 2020ArticleCoronavirus: Philippines reports first case of local infection, officials downplay fears of community spread
March 1, 2020ArticleDA calls for more cold storage facilities
February 26, 2020ArticleDA chief plans to revive Food Terminal functions
February 26, 2020ArticleANI gets $100-M loan for expansion
February 7, 2020ArticleAgri trader expands into logistics business
February 5, 2020ArticleNavotas Fish Port makeover elevates Philippine fishing industry

CCI-Hub Launches Video Series, Expands Online Resources

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub) is launching a new regular video series aimed at providing the CCI-Hub community with the project’s latest updates and activities.

“We’ve launched this video series to communicate more directly with our community in this time of limited movement and travel restrictions,” said Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partnership for the cold chain project.

“We hope that these videos will be an informative and engaging way to help continue building awareness for the project and a sustainable food cold chain in the Philippines. We also see this as being the first step in laying the groundwork for hosting a substantial online library of resources for the community.”

In addition to providing project updates, the video series aims to educate and inform viewers on topics related to technology, policy and sustainability around the food cold chain.

The videos are being hosted on the Cold Chain Innovation Hub’s official Youtube channel. The first two videos launched in the series are below:

Video Series Launch:

Global Call for Industry Contributions:

Additional content planned for the video series includes:

  • Expert interviews
  • Webinars
  • Video explainers
  • Case study coverage
  • News and more

Online Learning

The video series is just one part of the ongoing development of the “Knowledge” section of the CCI-Hub website. Online resources have become an increasing area of focus since the advent of the virus pandemic and its mid and long-term impacts to all facets of the project.

“In addition to the video series, we are also developing our plans to build out an online e-learning platform, as well as other ways for community members to connect, interact, engage and learn remotely,” said Dusek.

This is being done in collaboration with the Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the official host and project partner for the CCI-Hub.

“We are excited and looking forward to working together with the global industry on this important project for the Philippines, especially at this crucial time of need for more nationwide skills, training and infrastructure development,” said Edward Dela Rosa, Chief TESDA Specialist.

CCI-Hub Announces Call for Industry Contribution

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub) has officially announced an open call seeking project contributions from the global HVAC&R industry. The project is seeking contributions in the from of “innovative and energy efficient cold chain equipment, relevant market data, training materials, or other products, services or expertise,” according to an email sent to CCI-Hub newsletter subscribers on May 7.

“By contributing to this project, you will have the chance to exhibit your products, services and data through the CCI-Hub platform and increase your visibility. You will also gain valuable access to key clients and decision makers along the entire fast-growing Philippines cold chain market,” the email said.

Due to restrictions placed on travel, the CCI-Hub is highlighting the option of providing online-based training tools or platforms. “Examples could include things like e-learning modules, webinars, virtual reality, etc.”

CCI-Hub is seeking feedback via a questionnaire available for download here. Completed questionnaires should be sent to Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partnership at jan.dusek@shecco.com by May 27.

Those who are interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to sign up for the CCI-Hub newsletter by clicking here.

Cold Chain Innovation Hub Launches Official Website

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub) has announced the launch of its official website, CCI-Hub.org. The website will serve as the project’s main online resource and currently includes details on the project’s background, goals, news updates and a list of official partners as well as details on how to get involved. Future sections of the website will include an events detail page and a knowledge section which will include official resources on technical data, case studies, best practices, etc.

The CCI-Hub is one of the main components of the “Global Partnership for improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines” project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines (DENR).

It serves as the project’s main platform providing an ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing and stakeholder collaboration. The main objective of the CCI-Hub is to increase adoption of best practice refrigeration and related services as well as communication throughout the food cold chain and to ensure a long-term impact of the project.

Over the coming months, the CCI-Hub platform will continue to be releasing exclusive information about upcoming events, opportunities and developments related to this project through a newsletter.

Therefore, if you would like to continue to be kept up-to-date, click here to make sure you are subscribed to the mailing list.

TESDA Selected As Official Partner For Philippines Cold Chain Project

The Philippines’ Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been selected as an official partner for the “Global Partnership for improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines” project, implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines (DENR).

One of the main components of the project is the establishment of a “Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub)”. The CCI-Hub will be a platform that will serve as an ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing and stakeholder collaboration. TESDA has been selected as the national entity to host the CCI-Hub at its central office located in Metro Manila.

The main objective of establishing the CCI-Hub is to increase adoption of best practice refrigeration and related services as well as communication throughout the food cold chain and to ensure a long-term impact of the project.

TESDA is an official agency of the Philippines national government and is the national authority for the country’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Established in 1994, TESDA currently has 17 regional offices located throughout the country as of 2018.

Over the coming months, the CCI-Hub platform will be releasing exclusive information about upcoming events, opportunities and developments related to this project through a newsletter.

Therefore, if you would like to continue to be kept up-to-date, click here to make sure you are subscribed to the mailing list.

1st Project Steering Committee Meeting Held

The 1st Project Steering Committee for the “Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines” project was held on February 27, 2020 in the UNIDO Philippines office in Manila.

In attendance were Maria Sabrina Cruz, Assistant Director, Adnan Atwa, UNIDO representative, Renato Cruz, DENR representative, and Jan Dusek, Head of Global Partnership. In addition, several observers representing DENR, UNIDO, TESDA and shecco were in attendance.