Sardines manufacturer Mega Global Corporation launched its newest headquarters and plants as it expands its Zamboanga operations.

The company recently launched its Cawit-based headquarters and ice plant, along with a can-making plant in Talisayan.

The new ice plant will increase the company’s production capacity to 450 tons per day from 300, while the can-making plant will double its capacity to 1.5 million cans a day from 750,000, the company said in a press release on Friday.

“As we gear up for our expanded operations in Luzon with the opening of the Mega Manufacturing Plant in 2022, we are also making efforts to modernize our central operations in Zamboanga with the goal of becoming an employer of choice in the city,” Mega Global Chief Operating Officer Michelle Tiu Lim Chan said.

Mega Global last year announced its investment in a P1-billion manufacturing plant in Batangas to meet a spike in demand for canned goods.

The Cawit office opening coincides with the lifting of a three-month sardine fishing ban in the Zamboanga peninsula. The annual closed fishing season has been implemented by the government since 2011 as a marine conservation measure to allow fish in the area to spawn.

“We remain committed to the innovation of our fishing business and processes to provide the highest quality of sardines to the market and to help boost the local economy of Zamboanga and ultimately, the Philippines,” Mega Global Chief Technology Officer Malcolm Tiu Lim said.

The Zamboanga peninsula accounts for almost half of the country’s sardine production, government data showed. — Jenina P. Ibañez