Monthly Archives: August 2007

Firm donates first aid kits to San Fernando students

The Freeman, August 16, 2007
(Similar story came out in Super Balita, August 24, 2007)

TAIHEIYO Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) with Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) donated first aid kits to some elementary schools in San Fernando, Cebu.

SEDC’s Hideki Yanagita with TCPI human resources and administration senior manager Esther P. Cola and their community development officers (CDOs) turned over the donations to these schools on July 4 to 11.

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FIRST AID KITS. Officials of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) turn over a set of first aid kit to Tinubdan Elementary School caretaker and Grade VI adviser Nonata S. Enerlas (5th from left) with fellow advisers Anita P. Pacquiao (2nd from left) and (from 6th from left) Jacqueline C. Paradela, Aileen S. Pacquiao, Julita P. Canoy and Ma. Victoria E. Alicaway. Also present are (from left) barangay community organizer Elisa L. Sasil, Rolando T. Manalop, Esther P. Cola, Hideki Yanagita and Efren T. Labrado.

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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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