CEMEX launches ‘Build Unity’ program for Yolanda victims

BUILD UNITY. Joining hands to help rebuild the lives of typhoon Yolanda survivors in Northern Cebu are (L-R front row) Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Jr., CEMEX VP for HR Atty. Gina Eala, CEMEX Philippines President Pedro Palomino, 3 Villages 1 Goal Co-founders Lana Osmeña and Maryann Aboitiz, Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, (L-R second row) CEMEX Philippines Foundation Executive Director Chito Maniago, CEMEX Logistics Director Mike Teotico, CEMEX National Sales Director Roberto Javier, CEMEX VP for Strategic Planning Paul Arcenas, Provincial Government of Cebu representative Atty. Ramil Abing, 3V1G Co-founder Butch Carungay, Kawit National High School Principal Reynaldo dela Rama, Department of Education - Cebu Province representative Jeremy Denampo, and Gawad Kalinga - Cebu Head Atty. Toby Florendo.

BUILD UNITY. Joining hands to help rebuild the lives of typhoon Yolanda survivors in Northern Cebu are (L-R front row) Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez, Jr., CEMEX VP for HR Atty. Gina Eala, CEMEX Philippines President Pedro Palomino, 3 Villages 1 Goal Co-founders Lana Osmeña and Maryann Aboitiz, Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro, (L-R second row) CEMEX Philippines Foundation Executive Director Chito Maniago, CEMEX Logistics Director Mike Teotico, CEMEX National Sales Director Roberto Javier, CEMEX VP for Strategic Planning Paul Arcenas, Provincial Government of Cebu representative Atty. Ramil Abing, 3V1G Co-founder Butch Carungay, Kawit National High School Principal Reynaldo dela Rama, Department of Education – Cebu Province representative Jeremy Denampo, and Gawad Kalinga – Cebu Head Atty. Toby Florendo.

CEMEX Philippines recently inked partnerships with the local government units and non-profit organizations from Bogo, Daanbantayan, Medellin, and San Remigio —all located in the northern part of Cebu— to carry out its holistic, strategic, and synergized rebuilding program for the survivors of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) dubbed as Build Unity.

The initiative is under CEMEX Philippines Foundation’s umbrella Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program called Build the Nation Together. Build Unity is specifically crafted for the various reconstruction initiatives to help the Yolanda victims bounce back and restore their lives to normalcy.

The typhoon’s aftermath is beyond description as to the tragedy it brought to the families in eastern and central Visayas. The calamity happened last year yet until now many are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Local and global organizations poured time, effort, and resources to help. However, more needs to be done.

CEMEX Philippines Foundation through the global donations from CEMEX business units worldwide formally launched “Build Unity,” a rebuilding program for the communities in Northern Cebu, one of the hardly hit areas by typhoon Yolanda.

Building together

READY TO HEED THE CALL. CEMEX will bring Build Unity to the municipalities of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin, and Daanbantayan.

READY TO HEED THE CALL. CEMEX will bring Build Unity to the municipalities of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin, and Daanbantayan.

After Yolanda, hundreds of residents in Bogo and Daanbantayan were displaced. CEMEX Foundation comes in by pledging to build 44 houses for each mentioned area. Hence, CEMEX will build 4 Unity Villages in partnership with the two LGUs and Gawad Kalinga.

Aside from houses, CEMEX Foundation will also repair the damaged classrooms and library of Kawit National High School in Medellin. Come May, CEMEX will once again support the Department of Education (DepEd) in its annual cleanup drive or “Brigada Eskwela” in Bogo, Medellin, San Remigio, and Daanbatanyan.

To achieve an even safer and healthier citizenry, CEMEX Foundation will work with 3 Villages 1 Goal (3V1G) to provide a “bancambulansya” or boat ambulance that will ply the coasts of Carnaza, Malapascua, Gibitngil, and Batbatan among others. CEMEX will also build a community health center in the area.

Turning challenges into opportunities

CEMEX Foundation recently completed its first batch of Experto Ako! mason scholars in Metro Manila. With the problem of damaged houses comes the opportunity to rebuild— hence, there will be a demand for more masons particularly in the Visayan region.

CEMEX in partnership with 3V1G will put up a skills and livelihood community center in San Remigio where the second installment of Experto Ako! program on masonry training or vocational courses will be held.

Meanwhile, with the depleting underwater resources in some parts of the country, San Remigio cannot afford to lose its marine life thriving with the help of coral reefs.

CEMEX Foundation with 3V1G will provide underwater sculptures to San Remigio as a way to conserve the sea’s bounty. These sculptures will become the fishes’ new breathing reefs thereby achieving ecological balance. Moreover, driftwood sculptures will be placed on the shoreline to showcase culturally-relevant figures that can help promote eco-tourism in the area.

Heroes synergized

 In November last year, CEMEX mobilized its employee volunteers and resources to deliver relief goods to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Leyte, Samar, and Northern Cebu. Aside from relief operations, CEMEX logistically aided other organizations that needed to transport bags of food, clothes, and medicines. The building solutions company also worked with several local government units and non-profit organizations to fast-track the aid for those who are not yet receiving help.

CARE TO PASS. CEMEX volunteers form a line to efficiently save time in passing bottles of water and CARE bags consisting of canned goods, biscuits, noodles, and toiletries for the survivors in Kinatarcan, Northern Cebu.

CARE TO PASS. CEMEX volunteers form a line to efficiently save time in passing bottles of water and CARE bags consisting of canned goods, biscuits, noodles, and toiletries for the survivors in Kinatarcan, Northern Cebu.

“With our Build Unity program, we do not only aim to build infrastructures but we also aim to help the survivors —our brothers and sisters— to rebuild their lives again,” said Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines Foundation executive director. “We named this program Build Unity because with our partners and the so many concerned individuals, we can rebuild the nation together.”

 

HEROES AT WORK. CEMEX employees called H.E.R.O. (Help. Engage. Reach. Out.) volunteers tirelessly carried the bags of goods and clothes for turnover to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and GMA Kapuso Foundation.

HEROES AT WORK. CEMEX employees called H.E.R.O. (Help. Engage. Reach. Out.) volunteers tirelessly carried the bags of goods and clothes for turnover to ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and GMA Kapuso Foundation.

CEMEX Philippines is the manufacturer of the only eco-labeled cement brands in the country including Island Portland Cement, Palitada King, Rizal Portland Super, Rizal Masonry Cement, APO Portland Premium, APO Portland Cement, APO Masonry Cement, and APO Pozzolan. For more information, please log on to http://www.cemexphilippines.com or for partnerships, please contact the Public Affairs Unit and email chito.maniago@cemex.com.

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