PH cold chain database to be launched in 2023

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  • A Philippine cold chain database will be launched in February 2023
  • The Cold Chain Database Project is spearheaded by the Board of Investments along with other government agencies and the private sector
  • The project will map out existing providers, estimate and forecast supply and demand for cold chain service, and generate data on present and future cold chain service gaps focusing on agriculture and fishery products

A Philippine cold chain database will be launched in February 2023 by various government agencies and the private sector.

The Cold Chain Database Project is part of efforts to create an integrated supply chain solution in the country, project leader Board of Investments (BOI) said in a statement.

BOI said the project will map out existing providers, estimate and forecast supply and demand for cold chain service, and generate data on present and future cold chain service gaps focusing on agriculture and fishery products, which need to pass through the cold chain.

This will provide data-driven basis for policy formulation and investment promotion, said BOI.

The Philippine Cold Chain Industry Roadmap targets local cold chain capacity to increase by 50,000 pallet positions per year in the near term.

The BOI said InsightSCS Corp., the developer of the DeliverE platform, recently presented to an inter-agency working group the concluded cold chain database as the final output of a project named, “Development of a Cold Chain Integrated Supply Chain Solution for Evidence-based Policy Making and Investment Programming.”

The project was initiated through a memorandum of understanding entered into by the BOI, InsightSCS Corp, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), under the Global Partnership for Improving the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines funded by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

BOI Governor Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego lauded InsightSCS Corp. for taking the lead in the data collection and web platform development. She also urged industry stakeholders to support the cold chain database project for a “robust” data analytics that will translate to “intelligent, business-informed decisions and relevant policies.”

InsightSCS Corp. CEO Carlo Curay expressed appreciation for the support in the data gathering and validation phase of the project offered by the BOI, Department of Agriculture’s National Meat Inspection Service, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Bureau of Plant Industry, Bureau of Local Government Development under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines Inc.

“With the database’s completion, specifically on generating viable investment locations based on supply-demand gap analytics, the BOI can now fine-tune its investment prospectus for the cold chain industry,” said Francis Peñaflor, acting chief of BOI’s Agri-based Industry Division.