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LAFARGE and Republic Cement join Integrity Initiative

LAFARGE Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. and Republic Cement Corporation, a LAFARGE-associated company, have recently signed on to become part of the Integrity Initiative, a private sector-led effort that aims to promote corporate transparency and ethics as a way of eradicating… Continue reading

Nazareno + Guerrero wins Aquino Museum Redesign Competition

Nazareno+Guerrero Design Consultancy, led by Architects Antonio Nazareno and Christian Guerrero, has been named as the winner of the Aquino Museum Redesign Competition. Organized by Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. for the benefit of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation… Continue reading

Republic Cement sets up RP’s first safety academy

Republic Cement sets up RP’s first safety academy Republic Cement’s Bulacan plant, makers of Republic Portland Plus and a Lafarge associated company, will open its safety training center to government and interested private manufacturing industries to promote a safety culture that goes beyond the work environment.

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NGO cites cement producers’ initiatives toward sustainable dev’t

A non-government organization (NGO) based in Central Luzon yesterday lauded initiatives by major players of the Philippine cement industry towards environment protection and preservation Continue reading

Filipina makes history in global cement industry

(By Carol Espiritu)

Filipino Lizza Vicaldo, 39, is the first Asian female cement plant manager in the Lafarge global family. As part of the Lafarge cement team, it becomes even more remarkable that Lizza also happens to be the group’s first female cement plant manager who is not an engineer.

How Lizza, plant manager of the Lafarge associated plant, Republic Cement in Norzagaray, Bulacan, became head honcho of the male-dominated cement manufacturing world and now doing very well, is a success story fit for Ripley’s.

Lizza graduated with a CPA certification, worked first as an auditor for leading audit firm SGV, then became accounting manager for a start-up firm. She subsequently joined a cement company as financial analyst and later on promoted to head of corporate planning and accounting.

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Cement Industry Raises Bar For Environmental Excellence

(Philippine cement plants now benchmarked against best in the world)

After chalking up a string of international and local certifications and awards, the Philippine cement industry today has made its mark as an industry that upholds only the highest environmental standards in product manufacture.

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Republic, Lafarge partner with Concrete Aggregates Corporation

Published in Philippine Star, Friday, March 14, 2008

Officials of the consortium of Republic Cement Corporation and Lafarge Holdings (Philippines), Inc. recently inked a Memorandum of Agreement with Concrete Aggregates Corporation (CAC) for the consortium’s acquisition of aggregates assets and the operation of CAC’s basalt quarry in Angono, Rizal.

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Safest Cement Plant

(Philippine Start, B2 – February 17, 2008)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has named Lafarge associated plants as the ‘safest’ and ‘most efficient cement plants’ in separate awards bestowed under the government agency’s annual Don Emillo Abello… Continue reading

Traversing the borderless corporate world

(By Edu Lopez, published in Manila Bulletin, B-11 – February 15, 2008)

When Samir Cairae graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India in 1988, most of his classmates went to the United States to join the growing number of Hindu-Americans in the technology sector.

But for some reasons, Samir did not jump on the bandwagon to America.

Instead, he left for France to seek his fortune in the country whose history, culture, art and architecture had always fascinated him.

When be got to France, the engineer found himself enjoying a full scholarship at the premiere French business school, the Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris where he also learned to speak French.

Samir’s management and technology education were put to test in 1992 when he joined Sehlumbcrgcr, the world’s largest oilfields corporation.

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The cement industry in the eyes of a veteran player

(By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, published in Manila Bulletin, B-7 – August 15, 2007)

Cement is one commodity that is highly controversial and is often maligned for its cartel-like operation Now, this local industry is placed in a more precarious situation after the giant foreign players acquired most of the local cement plants.

Renato C. Sunico, chairman and president of Iligan Cement Corp., one of the five cement plants under the Republic Cement Corp. that are controlled by French firm Lafarge Holdings (Philippines) Inc., comes to the defense of foreign capitalists.

A veteran having spent more than 20 years of liis life in the industry, Sunico gives us a better appreciation of the industry and its make-up.


Sunico had been connected with the cement business long before he joined the actual cement manufacturing industry.

He was with Amon Trading, a distributor of cement and a majority owner of the Republic Cement then. Aside from Amon, other original owners of the 50-year old Republic Cement were Jardine Davies, De leon and Delgado groups.

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