Announcement: We are hiring!

The Cold Chain Innovation Hub is currently looking for candidates to fill an open position as the project’s National Coordinator for Policy & Regulations.

Job Description:

Under the overall coordination of the Philippine’s Ozone Desk (POD) at the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), the Cold Chain Project Coordinator for Policy and Regulations is required to assist DENR in the implementation of the project activities of the GEF-funded project “Global Partnership for improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines”. The Policy and Regulation Coordinator will be stationed at the POD-DENR.

The position is a regular/full-time role and we are looking for strong candidates that have experience in project management, administration, and coordination, especially in the conduct of policy analysis.

For the full terms of reference, please click here.

If you or someone you know is interested, please send your CV and letter of motivation by 20 March to the National Project Leader: Ms Gilda Garibay – garibay_gb@yahoo.com.

GIZ, UNIDO Seeking Private-Sector Partners for Vaccine Cold-Chain Project in the Philippines

Reposted from Accelerate24.news: https://accelerate24.news/refrigeration/giz-unido-seeking-private-sector-partners-for-vaccine-cold-chain-project-in-the-philippines/2021/

To ensure the effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines, GIZ, Germany’s international cooperation agency and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are seeking help from interested private-sector companies.

The companies must be willing to strongly engage in a project that aims to provide better and faster vaccine access through sustainable and robust cold chains.

Vaccine cold chains have become a new and urgent priority in the Philippines, and better vaccine distribution is the project’s short-term goal. However, the project also provides an opportunity to help develop integrated cold-chain strategies that build on the existing food cold chain system in the country – thus ensuring both better health and a reliable food supply in the Philippines over the long term.

In addition, there are opportunities to use synergies with the Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI-Hub) project which aims to improve the food cold chain in the Philippines through the establishment of a global partnership and a sustainable cold chain technology exhibition and training center in the country.

Project funding

Funding for the vaccine initiative is being provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). BMZ is currently supporting initiatives by privately owned companies that “mitigate the economic as well as the health-related impact of the corona pandemic in developing or emerging countries.”

Suitable projects, which should have a timeline of two years, can receive up to €2,000,000 (US$2,430,710) of funding, with the public contribution covering a maximum of 50% of the total costs.

A private-sector company does not have to make a cash contribution, and can instead contribute in-kind (for example, with the company’s personnel, project management costs, procurement and donation of equipment, contracting of experts, coverage of training costs, etc.).

Application criteria and deadline

Applications are open to both European and Philippines-based companies that:

  • have an annual turnover of at least €800,000 (US$972,200)
  • have records for two operational financial years
  • are registered in the EU, a member country of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or a country on the OECD DAC list (which includes the Philippines)

Click here for a complete list of the criteria.

The deadline for submission of final proposals is March 31, 2021.

Interested parties should contact Franziska Menten, UNIDO Project Coordinator at f.menten@unido.org for more information. Given the close deadline, parties are encouraged to get in touch quickly and be ready to support the concept preparation in the next few weeks as well as be prepared to get the project started in mid-2021.

For more information on the project framework visit: https://www.developpp.de/en/covid19/

The Philippines Targets 10-15% Annual Cold Chain Sector Growth in New Industry Roadmap

The Philippine Board of Investments, in cooperation with several industry stakeholders such as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Department of Agriculture, officially launched its Cold Chain Industry Roadmap on December 14, 2020.

The roadmap includes industry growth projections as well as investment, policy and regulatory actions to be targeted over the next two to five years.

“In the short term, the [cold chain] industry is targeting an increase [in capacity] of 10-15% annually, equivalent to 50,000 pallets per year,” said University of Asia and the Pacific Senior Agribusiness Specialist and consultant on the roadmap Florence Mojica-Sevilla during a presentation given on Facebook Live on December 13. The current storage capacity of the Philippine cold chain industry is 400,000 metric tons (or 500,000 pallets), according to the roadmap.

In addition, the roadmap outlines several “milestones” to be achieved in the 2020 to 2022 period. These include five investments in new cold storage facilities — two in the Philippine region of Luzon, one in Visayas, and two in Mindanao.

View the entire Facebook live presentation here.

On November 17, Raquel Echague, Officer in Charge-Director of Resource-Based Industries Service, for the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, Board of Investments gave a presentation outlining the Cold Chain Industry Roadmap as well as incentives available for the industry during the ATMOsphere Asia 2020 online conference. (shecco, organizer of ATMOsphere Asia, is publisher of this website.)

View the entire presentation recording here.