CeMAP related news, articles and other press releases

Filipino Exec gets top post in ASEAN cement group

Ernesto M. Ordonez, president of the Cement Manufacturers of the Philippines (Cemap), was elected president of the ASEAN Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM), a seven-country member organization of leading cement companies in the region.

As a two-year term president, Ordonez identified two priorities in his watch – namely: consultations and information sharing using modern technology, and a strong focus on sustainable development.

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Cement makers help build copra dryers

PARANG, Maguindanao — Coconut farmers in at least nine towns in Mindanao and the Visayas are assured of higher income with title use of more efficient drying facilities built with the assistance of the cement industry, it was reported.

In a move that further concretized their corporate social-responsibility commitments, several members of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) have offered to bankroll the cost of the cement com­ponents of eight copra-drying facilities to be constructed in collaboration with the Centro Saka Inc., an agriculture-based non-government organization.

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CeMAP to finance construction of copra dryers

Renato Sunico (left), chairman of Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP); Romeo Royandoyan (center), executive director of Centro Saka, Inc.; and Rodolfo

Juinio (right), chairman of Coconut Farmers Association of Southern Leyte (COFA-SL), sign the memorandum of agreement for… Continue reading

Joining hands to save the Earth

(Manila Bulletin, B2-Sunday, January 27, 2008)

Government-private sector partnership to save the environment was reaffirmed during the recent launch of a manual on the use of alternative fuel and raw materials including hazardous waste instead of conventional fossil fuels by… Continue reading

Rebuilding Albay’s Shattered Dreams

(Orendain & Associates, published in Manila Times- January 06, 2008)

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — Tears stream down her cheeks, but typhoon victim Rebecca Potentado is smiling. After almost one year of painful waiting, she can now help finish building houses not only for her family, but also for many other Bicolanos left homeless when super typhoon Reming ravaged the Bicol region on November 30, 2006.

Armed with newly learned skills from cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines’ seven-day Galing Mason basic masonry skills training program, 49-year-old “Aling” Rebecca says her priority project is to fast-track construction work for her new house. The local government and various local and international civic organizations awarded her a basic unfinished structure in the Taysan Resettlement Area which she will proudly finish, applying her freshly acquired masonry techniques. After that, she says, she will assist her neighbors in building their own houses.

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Ordoñez bats for alternative fuels

Newly elected Asean Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM) president Ernesto M. Ordoñez explains the 2007-2009 AFCM focus on sustainable development at the Sustainable Cement International Conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia, last November 20-22, 2007.

Ordonez, who is also president of… Continue reading

Study Shows Cement Testing Center Provides Reliable Results

An interlaboratory study conducted recently among 14 local cement laboratories has confirmed that the Cement Testing Center (CTC), only one of two Bureau of Product Standards-accredited laboratories, produces precise test results.

Also accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Bureau of Research and Standards (DPWH-BRS), CTC is the only local cement testing laboratory which participates regularly in the United States-based Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory’s proficiency testing program for Portland and blended cement.

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Envoy asked to look into undervalued cement imports

The Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has requested Philippine Ambassador to Beijing, PRC Sonia Cataumber-Brady to look into the issue of undervalued cement imports flooding some areas of Mindanao.

“We petition the good Ambassador to bring to the attention of the Government of China the unfair practices in the export of their cement to the Philippines,” CeMAP President Ernesto M. Ordoñez said in a letter to Ambassador Brady.

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Cement Industry Promotes Sustainable Construction

In the heart of the Duka Bay Resort Marine Sanctuary in Medina, Misamis Oriental lie the now famous eight-legged structures which have significantly hastened coral restoration and increased fish diversity and quantity in the area.

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CeMAP Raises Concern Over Product Standard Applicability

The Chinese cement shipments imported recently into some areas of Mindanao do not have complete markings specified under Philippine National Standard 07:2005, Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) President Ernesto M. Ordoñez said.

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