Monthly Archives: November 2011

SSS names Holcim Davao among top Mindanao employers

For its compliance to the social security law and good care of its employees, the Davao plant of cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines was recently recognized by state pension fund Social Security System (SSS) as among the best employers in Mindanao.

Holcim Davao was awarded the SSS Balikat ng Bayan, which is given to companies that best comply with the social security law, provide accurate and timely submission of reports and actively participate in SSS programs. Holcim Davao won the said award for Southern Mindanao in the medium accounts category or for companies with less than 500 employees. Other winners from Mindanao were OROPORT Cargo Handling Services, Taganito Mining Corp. and Holy Cross of Davao College, Inc.

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Holcim La Union, DPWH join hands for road safety

As part of Holcim Philippines’s commitment to safety, its La Union plant recently partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to install safety signs along the Manila North Road Highway.

The cement manufacturer tied up with DPWH Region 1 to set up 22 road safety signages in 12 municipalities along the said highway from Rosario to Sudipen, La Union.

Holcim La Union Plant Manager Andy White explained that the project is consistent with the high premium Holcim places on the safety of its own employees, contractors and other key stakeholders including families in host communities.

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Holcim Philippines wins regional sustainability award

The initiatives of cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. to mitigate the environmental impact of its operations was recently cited by a Southeast Asian non-government organization for entrepreneurship, saying other companies in the region are using these as benchmarks.

Singapore-based Enterprise Asia conferred to Holcim Philippines the Green Leadership Award during the first Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards last June 10. Holcim Philippines’s Sustainable Development (SD) team entered programs of its plants for reforestation, mine rehabilitation, emission monitoring, site beautification and biodiversity enhancement, among others.

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Cement volumes continue to be challenged by soft demand

Key Messages

• Increased government spending has begun and is expected to reinvigorate the market going forward
• For Q3, the typhoon season slowed down construction activity with Holcim Philippines’ volume down by 6%
• Pro-active cost management and manufacturing excellence initiatives helped mitigate effects of challenging market

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