June 29, 2022, Taguig City – Cold Chain Innovation Hub (CCI Hub), the physical platform of the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project, has been inaugurated at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Complex in Taguig City. The launching event started with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by unveiling of the building marker, blessing of the facility, welcome remarks from TESDA – NCR Regional Director Florencio Sunico Jr. and key messages from TESDA Director Genera Isidro S. Lapeña, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative Teddy G. Monroy and Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (DENR-FASPS) Director Al O. Orolfo.
National Institute for Technical Education and Skills Development (NITESD) Executive Director David Bungallon presented an overview of the building and its intended purpose. The CCI Hub is a “one stop shop” for technology transfer and other functions such as capacity building, research and education. It will feature technology showcases presenting the best-in-class systems and components from around the globe and will serve as a venue for global partnership among public sector, the private sector and technology providers to promote the best available low-carbon and energy-efficient design technologies and practices. The building features a workshop and exhibit are, training room and a cold storage room for technology display. CCI Hub will play a key role in TESDA’s upskilling of the labor force for green industries and green jobs for the commercial and industrial refrigeration sector. This initiative is made possible through the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project implemented by UNIDO, TESDA, DENR and shecco.
In his speech, TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña highlighted the role of the Hub in providing livelihood for Filipinos by training and upgrading their skills in priority sectors which include commercial and industrial refrigeration. UNIDO Country Representative Teddy G. Monroy underscored the role of innovation in the cold chain sector to address the challenges in food and energy security due to global events such as the war in Ukraine, the Covid 19 pandemic and climate change. DENR-FASPS Director Al O. Orolfo noted that while cold chains are vital for the economy, it must develop in a sustainable and climate-friendly way aligned with the country’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol and the Paris Agreement.
The event showcased the following technologies from industry contributions: 1) Hydrocarbon Freezer and Chiller Display Cases for Commercial Food Retail (Epta); 2) R600a Solar Driven Refrigerator (Vestfrost Solutions); 3) Selection of Tools and Machines (Magic-Aire Industries, Inc.). The said models are part of the initial batch of equipment that will be showcased in the Hub that demonstrate energy efficient and climate-friendly refrigeration with low to zero global warming potential. Several batches of equipment and refrigeration systems are expected to arrive in the CCI Hub until September, all of which exemplifies “next generation” cold chain solutions.
The launch also presented networking and collaboration opportunities through an exhibit which was participated by Magicaire Industries, Inc., Coldfront technologies Asia, Inc., Danfoss, Mayekawa Philippines, Epta, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Technicians Association of the Philippines (RACTAP), Koppel and GEA.