Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holcim Davao gets top honor for best quarry operations

Cement maker Holcim Philippines, Inc., led by its Davao plant, bagged 10 awards from a joint government-mining industry body that recognizes responsible efforts by players in the mining sector to keep operations safe, and implement programs beneficial to their host communities and the environment.

In the recent Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awards (PMIEA) held in Baguio City, Holcim Davao bagged the Presidential Award for the Quarry Category—the top honor the body hands out annually. It is given to the company with the best overall program for quarry rehabilitation, environmental protection, safe operations and social and community development.

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Young views on sustainable construction honored in Holcim contest

One urged builders to look back at Philippine history for ideas on building sustainable structures instead of indiscriminately adapting Western construction principles. Another reminded that going green does not involve just the structure itself, but holistic benefits for the residents and community. A third focused on roofing, and how this single building component can be used to reverse the negative effects of climate change and not just a shield against the elements.

These are ideas you would normally expect coming from construction industry veterans. Interestingly, they come from college students who participated in the Holcim Journalism Awards for Sustainable Construction (Student Category) hosted by Holcim Philippines — proving that young people have much to say about an issue that has become increasingly important.

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