SSS names Holcim Davao among top Mindanao employers

Holcim Davao HR Manager Joe Omandam (second from left) received the Balikat ng Bayan Award from SSS officials led by Atty. Emmanuel R. Palma (leftmost), assistant vice president for Southern Mindanao, last Sept. 1

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.

The SSS’s Southern Mindanao office said Holcim Davao topped 11 other nominated companies in the region. It added that the cement manufacturer was chosen because of its commendable health and benefits system and education program on SSS benefits.

Holcim Davao Human Resource Manager Joe Omandam thanked the SSS for the recognition, and noted that Holcim Philippine and not just the Davao plant strives to follow the policies of the SSS and provide the best care for employees.

“Among the companies here in southern Mindanao, we can say that because of or commitment to take good care of our people, we have been regarded one of the best employers in terms of compensation and benefits. We also make sure we remit what is due to the SSS from employees and make the employees aware about the SSS benefits they can avail of,” Omandam said.

Aside from Holcim Davao, 20 other companies in the Philippines received the award, with three more coming from Mindanao, the SSS said in a statement.

Winners received a circular plaque of polymer resin sculpted by Filipino artist Dr. Antonino Raymundo. Aside from recognizing top employers the pension fund also gave awards for best collecting and paying banks as well as excellence in journalism.

The SSS started the award in 1995 to recognize institutions that help it in providing social security protection. The SSS held simultaneous awarding ceremonies in its provincial offices and at its corporate headquarters in Quezon City on Sept. 1, its 54th anniversary.


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 more than 1,700 employees in the Philippines. 

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