Solar Powered Refrigeration Reaches Island Municipality of Carles

March 24-26, 2024, Carles, Ilo-ilo – the Cold Chain Innovation (CCI) Hub installed and turned over five (5) solar chest freezers to the Municipality of Carles in Ilo-ilo which will be used to support its thrust to boost fisheries development.

The installation and turnover of the said units is part of the Demo Projects under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) project implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and ATMOshpere. 

The units were supplied and installed by MagicAire Industries.

In Carles, fisheries plays an important role in community and family life. Scallops are abundant in the area, however, local fisherfolk lack resources to process and sell them as a product. As an island municipality with off-grid areas, Carles will be able to maximize economic opportunities from fisheries with the help of the solar powered chest freezers. 

“The introduction of the solar freezers signifies a beginning of economic growth for off-grid barangays like ours. With capabilities for processing scallops and fishes, ice production for preservation, and local distribution of frozen goods, these innovations create unprecedented business opportunities. The active involvement of the Fishermen Wives Association shows more than just support for their spouses and families; it symbolizes a collective effort toward improving our community’s standard of living.” Statement by Kap Rowena Grace Bensurto, Barangay Captain, Bgy. Lantangan, Gigantes Sur Island, Carles, Iloilo

The turnover ceremony was attended by Mr. Robbic Tuma-ob (Municipal Agriculture Officer), Mr. Julieto Manggasang (Municipal Planning and Development Officer), Kap. Rowena Grace Bensurto (Chairperson of Barangay Lantangan), Mr. Edgar Metro (fisherfolk cooperative president), Mr. Manny Azucena (CCI-Hub Coordinator) and Engr. Gilda Garibay (FCC Project Lead).