Green storage plant launched

March 30, 2012

Jess Malabanan
Manila Standard Today
March 30, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The country’s first green energy cold plant was launched on Friday to serve Pampanga and the central and northern Luzon.

“We are the first in Central Luzon and in the country,” said Alfredo Lagman Jr., president and chief executive, of ALMA Refrigeration and Cold Storage with a capacity of 350 40-foot container vans in a 6,600 square meter compound.

The opening was joined by Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Ambassador Tita De Villa, Bacolor Mayor Jose Maria Hizon and other local executives.

“This is a big investment for the company to provide the best services for  our clientele using the latest technology at the same time protect the environment,” he said in a statement.

Lagman said the cold storage in Central Luzon would boost Pampanga’s stature as a food hub with the government targeting rice sufficiency next year.

“The storage rooms are occupied by various products including onions from Nueva Ecija in 200,000 sacks,” he told reporters during a press conference.

“Our equipment came from United States and technology was adopted from Europe.”

Lagman, an Honorary Consul to Mongolia, said the green compliant cold storage business would help reduce prices of food commodities.

He said the government should think of giving support to this kind of business by providing loans with zero percent interest.

“The only problem we will be encountering is the present power rates,” Lagman said, amid the looming energy crisis in Mindanao.

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