Unilever opens new facility in Laguna

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Unilever Philippines had inaugurated a new facility in Cabuyao, Laguna, its largest distribution center in the Philippines.

The company said the growing market demand drove it to expand in order to “accelerate delivery of goods, create economies of scale, and generate local jobs across the whole supply chain.”

“It serves as the distribution and transport hub for products from all its manufacturing sites potentially generating more than 10,000 jobs nationwide,” it said in a statement.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever President for Southeast Asia and Australasia, was quoted in the statement as saying that the facility is “not only a future-ready infrastructure to facilitate delivery of goods, but a story of well-loved brands with a deeper societal purpose.”

The fast-moving consumer goods giant claimed that Cabuyao City Mayor Rommel A. Gecolea is in full support of the company, and is coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways to construct roads to accommodate trucks coming to and from the facility. It also said, the local government is looking into the possibility of opening a direct road leading to the Silangan exit of the South Luzon Expressway.

“We want to ensure that this new relationship can benefit not just the people of Cabuyao but the entire business of Unilever for the long haul,” Mr. Gecolea was quoted as saying. — Denise A. Valdez