Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) recently held its ground breaking ceremony for its 11-hectare new bottling plant complex in Katipunan, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
The incidence of flooding, saltwater intrusion among its deep wells, and heavy traffic in its 2.3-hectare bottling plant along CM Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City may have resulted to the decision to put up a larger facility.
As everyone knows, CCBPI uses a lot of water in producing beverages of different brands and the quality of process water is very critical in the food industry. In the last decade, reports of saltwater intrusion along its two (2) deep wells in the city sounded alarm bells to the management. The massive development of areas north of the plant may have caused seawater to penetrate freshwater aquifers in the area.
When CCBPI first operated its plant in CDO way back, the plant site was then considered located in the outskirts of the city where Divisoria is known as the center. But after several decades, the city’s development has progressed much that the old bottling plant has become part of the city proper.
However, with this new facility located just along the National Highway, CCBPI will require more workers, a positive news for those who are looking for jobs.
On the other hand, what will happen to the 2.3-hectare old facility? Straddled between Limketkai and the future Ayala Complex, the site is prime for commercial development….”lll cross my fingers on this”.