METROPAC Movers, Inc. (MMI) is building a logistics center on a 52,000-square meter land in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, which will have facilities for dry goods and refrigerated goods.

The logistics unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) said in a statement Wednesday it is about to begin construction on the project, which it claims is the “most modern logistics center in the Philippines.”

The facility will be composed of a dry goods warehouse with 41,000 pallet positions and a refrigerated warehouse with 17,500 pallet positions.

“The Sta. Rosa logistics center will integrate with the operating systems of our key customers and drive supply chain efficiencies… We know the pain points of the logistics industry…and these facilities and operating systems are being designed specifically to address these issues,” MMI President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Ma. K. Lim said in the statement.

He said the logistics center will focus on “critical metrics” such as the truck turn-around times, inventory accuracy, product security and service quality. This means putting topnotch product security systems, radio frequency inventory control systems and fire and safety systems in the facility.

The refrigerated warehouse, for one, will offer storage temperatures between +20 to -25 degrees celsius — setting a new bar for food safety in the country. “We are very excited to get these facilities built and operational,” Mr. Lim said.

The project is slated for completion by the second quarter of 2021.

After this, MMI is looking to open more logistics centers over the next few years, which Mr. Lim said will be located in major transport arteries to reduce supply chain costs for its customers. MMI will be leasing the Laguna property from Markeenlo Realty, Inc.

Markeenlo President Mark Belo said the company is happy to host MMI for the project.

“Their tenancy also allows us to diversify the risks in our realty portfolio as we pursue other developmental projects,” Mr. Belo was quoted as saying.

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