FCC and TESDA Conducts Stakeholders Conference on Optimization of Commercial Refrigeration 

May 5-6, 2022 – The Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines (FCC) Project conducted its first face-to-face activity entitled “Stakeholders’ Conference on the Recommendation on Refrigeration System Operation and Optimization for the Philippines Commercial Food Retail Sector” at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – National TVET Trainers Academy in Marikina City. 

The first day opened with a welcome remark by Ms. Maria A. Roque, Center Chief of the National TVET Trainers’ Academy, as well as key messages from FCC Project Manager Mr. Adnan Atwa, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Jonas Leones delivered by Environmental Management Bureau Assistant Director Engr. Vizminda Osorio; and shecco Head of Asia and the Pacific Mr. Jan Dusek.  Mr. Edward M. Dela Rosa – Chief TESD Specialist of TESDA’s Technology Research and Development Division also welcomed and acknowledged the participants. Mr. Manuel Azucena, FCC Project’s National Project Coordinator gave the program overview, while Project Lead Engr. Gilda Garibay presented an overview of the FCC project. Engr. Jaypee Cabañas of ColdfrontTechnologies Asia, Inc. discussed the Royal Duty Free Shop Study on the First R290 waterloop system in in the Philippines which uses R290, a natural refrigerant deemed more climate friendly for its zero Global Warming Potential (GWP) and energy efficiency. shecco Head of Asia and the Pacific Mr. Jan Dusek discussed the Data Collection and Analysis of HFC-free and Energy Efficient Equipment Options for the cold chain that the industry can leapfrog to in pursuit of sustainability. 

In the afternoon, sessions include Carbon Emission from a Supermarket’s Perspective presented by Engr. Gilda Garibay; Updates on the Policies and Standards for Commercial Refrigeration presented by FCC Project Coordinator for Policy and Regulation Ms. Mae Valdez; and New Training Regulations on Refrigeration and Air-conditioning presented by Mr. Manuel Azucena.

Participants visited the Royal Duty Free in Subic, Zambales on the second day. Engr. Jaypee Cabañas, Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez Lao and Mr. Emilio Gonzalez Lao of Coldfront Technologies Asia, Inc. gave a detailed tour and discussion of the supermarket’s R290 waterloop system and R290 chillers.

This activity is an initial step on engaging RAC experts and practitioners in developing training curricula for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector which will prepare the industry in its shift to climate-friendly and energy efficient technologies in the cold chain.