Holcim Davao gets top honor for best quarry operations

Holcim Philippines officials pose with Environment Sec. Ramon Paje (center) with the trophies they won in the 57th Mines Safety and Environment Conference last Nov. 20. Beside him are Holcim Philipines COO Roland van Wijnen (right) and Davao Plant Manager Kevin Hughes (left). The other officials in the photo are Holcim Philippines SVP for Manufacturing Daniel Bach (rightmost), Bobby Sajonia (leftmost), Lorenzo Pendang (second from left) and Andy White (2nd row, fourth from left) plant managers of Bulacan, Lugait and La Union, respectively, and Holcim VP for Safety Carmela Calimbas (2nd row, 2nd from left).

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.

Holcim Philippines’ plants in Lugait, Misamis Oriental, Bulacan and La Union also took home Platinum Awards, the second highest recognition.

Holcim Davao was likewise recognized as having the Safest Cement Plant Operation and Most Improved Safety Performance. Holcim Davao’s Robert Gilera was also named Best Safety Inspector.

Furthermore, Holcim Lugait captured the Best Mining Forest Program for the sixth straight year, while the La Union and Davao plants finished second and third, respectively.

Holcim Philippines Chief Operating Officer Roland van Wijnen thanked the PMIEA for the honors and praised the joint effort by the mining industry and the government to encourage responsible behavior among mining companies.

“Safety and the environment are priorities for Holcim wherever we operate. Being recognized for our initiatives makes this is a very special night for us, and we would like to thank you for these honors,” he said.

This is the third straight year that Holcim Philippines took home the PMIEA for the Quarry category. The company’s Lugait plant won the distinction last year, while the Bulacan facility snared the prize in 2008.

Meanwhile, Environment Sec. Ramon Paje spoke in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III and guaranteed that the government will support mining companies that operate responsibly.

“Our mandate is clear: As long as the people and environment are not abused, this government will support projects that will help the mining industry,” he said in Filipino.  “Through coordination with local government units, the private sector and concerned agencies, we will ensure that projects that are truly beneficial for the country gets the proper support.”

The PMIEA was established in 1997 through Executive Order No. 399 in compliance with the policy that mining activities are pro-environment and pro-people. Its selection committee is composed of the secretaries of the Departments of Environment, Trade, Interior and Local Government, Health, Science and Technology. The other members are the presidents of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, Philippine Mineral Exploration Association and Chambers of Mines of the Philippines.


About Holcim

Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.  Holcim Philippines, Inc. (HPHI) is a Philippines-based cement manufacturer and a member of Holcim Group. Holcim Philippines is involved in the manufacture, sale and distribution of cement to the domestic and export markets. The Company produces four cement products: Holcim Excel, Holcim WallRight, Holcim Premium Bulk and Holcim 4X. Its products are sold in bags, jumbo bags and in bulk. Holcim Philippines operates four cement plants in La Union, Bulacan, Misamis Oriental, and Davao.  It currently has 1,500 employees in the Philippines.

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