Gov’t sets inspection of cold storage facilities

For COVID-19 vaccines The government will conduct an inspection starting next week of existing cold storage facilities as it prepares for another tripartite logistics suppliers agreement for an integrated shipment, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the country. National Task Force Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said this as he assured that inputs from the private logistics providers will be considered in organizing an end-to-end service for the vaccines’ rollout. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 (NTF AGAINST COVID-19 / MANILA BULLETIN) “Next week we will inspect all available cold chain storage. We are coordinating with a consortium so that they will make sure that all vaccines from 2-8-degree celcius to negative 70 will be taken care of,” he said. This developed as the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), told Manila Bulletin that the industry is still awaiting for the government to accept the industry’s offer to play a role in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine. CCAP is a multi-sectoral group of companies involved in the handling, storage, and distribution of chilled and frozen food, among other products.                Galvez assured that the logistics system for the vaccines will be in coordination with the vaccine suppliers, the cold storage provider and the government. Galvez explained the government has to establish an integrated logistics system for the vaccines to ensure there is no wastage of the new vaccines, which have different storage temperature requirement. “We have seen some reports that we have 30 percent wastage in some areas in Europe. With acute shortage of vaccines we cannot afford wastage,” he stressed. He further said that the cold storage facilities are part of their agreement with vaccine suppliers for an end-to-end service solution. The after sales service is part of this long commitment with the vaccine suppliers and as a requirement under the government’s universal health system. “We will make sure that the vaccine that will be coming here has an integrated coordination with vaccine maker, the local government units and the private sector so that includes after sales service,” he said. Meantime, the Go Negosyo which spearheaded the private sector donation drive “A Dose of Hope” said there are ongoing consultations to help Galvez in coming up with an integrated shipment, storage and distribution system for the vaccines. Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector donors would rather live the logistics aspect to the vaccine supplier Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and the national government to ensure smooth implementation. Concepcion has secured 17 million doses from the private sector that are expected to inoculate 8 million Filipinos in June-July this year. Meantime, Royal Cargo Inc., one of the country’s leading logistics providers, has expanded its cold storage facility at its Paranaque head office so it can accommodate the different temperature requirements of the various COVID-19 vaccines. Earlier, CCAP President Anthony Dizon said the Philippine government is yet to formally tap the country’s cold chain industry for the handling and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.            According to Dizon, the industry, “individually and collectively”, has more than enough capacity to participate in the country’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution program.Right now, he said the cold chain industry’s total cumulative capacity stood at 500,000 pallet containers, while the initial 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will consume only less than 200 pallets.            “Our initial estimate is that even if we are called upon to play a role in the storage of the vaccine, it will constitute a small portion of our capacity,” Dizon said.“The industry is just waiting for the government to approach us,” he added.   In a previous report,. said the government is now in discussion with the private sector regarding the state-led distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.             “I’m thankful to the private sector for throwing their support to us, like what they did when we ramped up our testing capacity,” said Galvez.  On the part of CCAP, however, Dizon said no official dialogue has so far taken place between the organization and the government regarding this matter......»»

Category: newsSource: 17th, 2021

DOH plans to build cold storage facilities for possible vaccine

Cold storage facilities in the country are not enough to store vaccines against COVID-19 when they become available, the Department of Health revealed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Casimero sets title defense

There’s no turning back for WBO bantamweight champion JohnRiel Casimero. A unification showdown with super WBA/IBF titlist Naoya Inoue was supposed to be held in Las Vegas last April 25 but the pandemic put it in cold storage then the Japanese got cold feet in the freezer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Improvement on facilities can spur logistics industry’s growth — report

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on all asset classes in the real estate sector, top professional services firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) reports resiliency for the country’s logistics sector. JLL said the opportunities for the logistics sector stemmed from the growing cold storage demand and […] The post Improvement on facilities can spur logistics industry’s growth — report appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

DA calls for more cold storage facilities

The Department of Agriculture has underscored the need to establish more cold storage facilities in the country in a bid to reduce post-harvest losses and improve farmers’ income......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 29th, 2020

Pampanga sets up provincial, municipal vaccination centers

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The provincial government is setting up provincial and municipal vaccination centers that will be the center for operation in the mass vaccination of Kapampangans. According to Special Assistant to the Governor, Angelina Blanco, the centers will have a Planning Campaign Management and Technical Team, Cold Chain and Logistics Team, Coordination […] The post Pampanga sets up provincial, municipal vaccination centers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Valenzuela vax program ready

The City of Valenzuela is now ready to roll out its vaccination program for 320,000 residents once the vaccines against Covid-19 arrive in the country. According to Mayor Rex Gatchalian, they already have cold storage where the vaccines will be placed. They have also identified 17 sites to be used and have made an advance […] The post Valenzuela vax program ready appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021


At a meeting with President Duterte and other Cabinet members in Davao City last Monday, “vaccine czar” Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. declared that “we are ready for the vaccines.” A dry run was conducted on the movement of the vaccines from the airport to the warehouse and storage facilities with time checks being made. “All […] The post Incompetence appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

MetroPac Movers begins construction of its Sta. Rosa logistics hub

MetroPac Movers, Inc. begins construction of a large-scale, co-located dry goods and cold storage facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2021

PNP chief Sinas alerts police units for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

“In our own assessment of the simulation exercise of the vaccine delivery, all systems are in place to ensure the unhampered transport of the vaccine shipment to the storage facilities and distribution hubs,” Sinas said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021

Ammonia leak: Navotas ice plant faces sanctions

The Department of Labor and Employment is eyeing to impose sanctions on a cold storage facility in Navotas partly owned by Mayor Toby Tiangco’s mother for failing to report the death of two employees due to ammonia leak last week, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Ice plant must shoulder victims hospitalization over ammonia leak — Navotas mayor

The ammonia leak at the T.P. Marcelo Ice Plant and Cold Storage left one worker dead and dozens hospitalized......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2021

1 died, 76 hospitalized in ammonia leak incident in Navotas

One man died while 76 residents from a bayside community in Navotas City were sent to the hospital Wednesday following an ammonia leak in a cold storage facility owned by the family of Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco, authorities confirmed......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Tumulak: We need to purchase freezers for vaccines

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak is urging the executive department to consider buying freezers to store the coming vaccines. In his privilege speech during the Council’s regular session on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Tumulak said that although there are available storage facilities in the city, this is simply not enough. The […] The post Tumulak: We need to purchase freezers for vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

DOH in talks with cold storage providers for vaccination program

"Our plan will depend on the vaccines, because not all are created the same...we can potentially spoil our vaccines if the electricity goes out or is not enough," he said, adding that the health department was also in talks with third-party logistics providers.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

DA sets P400M to aid local hog industry

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will roll out P400 million for the repopulation of hogs as a response to the impact of the African swine fever (ASF). In a virtual briefing on Thursday, Reildrin Morales, executive director of the DA’s National Meat Inspection Service, said under the program dubbed as the Integrated National Swine Production […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Coffin stored in break room as Los Angeles funeral home overwhelmed

A corpse in the break room. Embalmed bodies in the garage.  During AFP’s visit, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the funeral home employee break room beyond the front desk Boyd Funeral Home, a small family business in Los Angeles, is so overflowing with Covid-19 victims it has begun turning away customers for the first time in its history. “The weekend before I turned down 16 families that I couldn’t do services for,” said owner Candy Boyd.  “It’s sad. But that’s pretty much how it is now.” In the past two weeks, as coronavirus has slammed Los Angeles, some 80 percent of the deceased passing through her doors died from Covid. One-in-10 residents of the nation’s second largest city has been infected since the pandemic began, with nearly 300 people dying daily last week as the virus surges. At Boyd’s reception desk, the phones keep ringing, mostly going unanswered as her overwhelmed staff have abandoned setting appointments and now tell customers to just show up and get in line. She is even receiving calls from desperate families in other counties more than an hour’s drive away.  Many hospital morgues are also full, with local coroners using refrigerated trucks to accommodate the victim load and some cemeteries warning of two week waiting lists. “Things are getting more and more out of control,” said Boyd. During AFP’s visit this week, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the employee break room beyond the front desk. It had been there for a week. “This room is our lunch area, however, we are having to use this room for space for caskets,” said the owner. “We’ve done the services but the cemetery is so backed up… we have to hold them here until they have time to do the burial.” – Bodies in the garage – Like much of surrounding South Los Angeles, the Westmont neighborhood is mainly inhabited by Black and Latino working class communities living in densely populated homes. These demographics have been hit particularly hard by Covid, with mortality rates two or three times higher than nearby affluent communities. Boyd’s funeral home cold storage room has been consistently full. Two weeks ago, Boyd brought in craftsmen to erect two large wooden structures in the company’s garage to store embalmed bodies. “He hasn’t even gotten a chance to really finish because we needed (to store) these,” she said, pointing to corpses wrapped in body bags lying on the rough shelves. “I would never imagined having to build that in my wildest dreams.” Some funeral homes have reported a shortage of coffins due to lack of wood, though Boyd’s supplier has kept up with orders so long as they are placed early enough. – ‘Nightmares’ – Worried about her five staff catching the virus at the start of the pandemic, Boyd initially refused to accept Covid victims. “I was having nightmares. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep,” she recalled.  Boyd has since created safety protocols and now feels comfortable dealing with the influx, although she insists it is “not about the money.” “It’s about helping families and helping them get through this crisis,” she said. “It takes a toll on me every day, I’m dealing with this,” Boyd added. “And I have to keep a stolid face because I have to be there for the family.”  Sometimes, customers are people she has long known personally. Other times, Boyd encounters families who still refuse to wear masks or respect physical distance, even as they make arrangements to bury their loved ones.  “The numbers don’t lie. It’s true. It’s real,” said Boyd of the disease. Cases in California have more than doubled since early December to 2.8 million. “If you don’t take it serious,” she warned an AFP journalist, “you could be one of the people that are in my back row back there, you know!”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Cold chain sector to increase capacity

The country’s cold chain industry is aiming to increase its capacity to address the demand for the storage of COVID vaccines as well as the existing need of the food sector, the Board of Investments said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

PSL finalizes Challenge Cup details

Officials of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) will troop to Subic this Friday for an ocular inspection of the facilities for the Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup set Feb. 25-27......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Manila to build cold storage facility for COVID-19 vaccines

The Manila City government will soon build a cold storage facility for the COVID-19 vaccines they are set to purchase for their residents......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021