Monthly Archives: July 2008

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

Preserving Philippine biodiversity, one species at a time

“Galapagos times 10” is the term used to describe the richness of Philippine ecology. Generally considered as the “hottest” hotspot in biodiversity, we have more than 20,000 endemic species calling our patchwork of islands home.

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Butterfly farm used to gauge clean air


LUGAIT, Misamis Onental – The Butterfly Farm inside the Lugait plant of Holcim Philippines is the company’s barometer whether its advocacy to protect the environment is working or not.

Judging from the swarm of butterflies fluttering inside the farm, Holcim’s blueprint for environmental protection is on the right track.

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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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Fair Trade Advocate, Distinguished DTI/DA Official named CeMAP President

Ernesto M. Ordoñez has been named President of the Cement Manufacturer’s Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), CeMAP Chairperson Renato C. Sunico announced yesterday.

Ordoñez, who is known for his staunch advocacy of pro-Filipino industry, agriculture, and fair trade issues, replaces Felix Enrico R. Alfiler, who has resigned to join his family in the US.

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CeMAP’s Ordoñez is new AFCM vice president

Dr. Ernesto M. Ordoñez, president of Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), was elected vice president of the Asean Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM) during the 14th AFCM Conference held recently in Singapore.

Ordoñez will serve as vice president for two years, after which, following tradition, he is expected to be elected as AFCM president for another two years when the federation holds its 15th conference in Vietnam late in 2007.

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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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