ISOC Holdings, Inc. said its subsidiary ORCA Cold Chain Solutions is scheduled to open cold storage facilities in Taguig and Caloocan in the first half of 2019, as part of the expansion of its food storage business.
“For Luzon, we have Taguig and Caloocan that are under construction and expected to open first to second quarter of next year,” ORCA Chief Executive Officer Yerik C. Cosiquien said in a text message on Sunday.
Mr. Cosiquien said the company is finalizing plans to open facilities in Cebu, Bohol, Davao and Cagayan de Oro, as wants to establish its presence in the Visayas and Mindanao.
“These are potential sites and we are still working on finalizing them,” he said.
Last Thursday, ORCA opened its first facility in Alabang, which has a capacity of 6,189 pallets for food products such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat and poultry.
The site includes a blast freezer and chiller. Customers have access to the product inventory information and have real-time updates via an app-based site.
The Alabang site also implements a paperless transaction where pallets are given unique QR (quick response) codes that digitally record the product codes, description, weight, and expiration dates.
“The investment comes when food security is a top priority of both government and the private sector,” Mr. Cosiquien said. “ORCA Alabang is a teaser for the bigger and more exciting ORCA sites in the next few months.”
ISOC Holdings has interests in infrastructure through ISOC Infrastructure, Inc., in property management through its iLand, Inc., and in power through ISOC Energy, Inc. — Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio