Monthly Archives: January 2008

Barangay gets water system Residents get solution to water woes

IN response to a request from the Barangay Council of Barangay Panadtaran, San Fernando, Cebu, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) has again extended helping hands to their community.

TCPI originally intended to create a livelihood project for the fishermen in the said barangay but also took note of the fact that lack of water has always been a problem for the residents.

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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

Taiheiyo cited anew for its “safest plant”

The Freeman, January 18, 2008
(Similar story came out in Sun Star, January 23, 2008)

TAIHEIYO Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) operates the safest mineral processing plant in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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Cement firm hold medical mission

Cebu Daily News, January 10, 2008
(Similar stories came out in Sun Star, January 9, 2008
& in Super Balita, January 14, 2008)

A cement firm in San Fernando, Cebu extended again its community service to its neighbors through the… Continue reading

Holcim Phils, recognized for responsible mining

(The Economy, A2, Business Mirror – Wednesday, January 09, 2008)

HOLCIM Philippines was recognized by the Philippine government for its environmental initiatives during the 54th Annual National Mine Safety and Environmental Conference held in Baguio City recently. Holcim Philippines’ Bulacan plant was given the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental (PMIE) Titanium Award—the highest recognition given to a company.

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Leading a firm, helping the young

(By Tina Arceo Dumlao
published in Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sunday Biz – January 06, 2008)

OXFORD UNIVERSITY graduate Ian Thackwray is a man of many passions. Two of them are to lead a company from good to great and encourage the young to get an education.

Thackwray feels fortunate that as chief executive officer of Holcim Corp., one of the country’s leading cement manufacturing companies, he can pursue both at the same time.

The Chemistry major, who went to Oxford at the same time as actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), has been in the Philippines for just a little over one year, but has already helped Holcim return to profitability on the back of higher sales.

Demand for Holcim products grew in his first year of operations and Holcim is on track to growing revenues even further this year on expectations that the property sector will remain upbeat and that government will spend more on infrastructure.

“The most important thing for us is to continue to be a reliable supplier in the market” Thackwray tells Sunday Biz in an interview. “To the best of my knowledge we have not failed to supply the needs of any of our customers. We have been a consistent and reliable supplier,” he says.

Providing him as much satisfaction as generating more sales for Holcim, if not more, is sharing his time and resources with some grade school students in the Padling, Pinagtulayan, Coral, Baraka and Bangkal public elementary schools near Holcim’s biggest plant in Bulacan.

Thackwray says it was his French wife who first got him involved with children when they were still living in Shanghai and he was still president for Asia of Dow Corning, which makes products such as breast implants and ignition systems for cars.

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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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