CEMEX launches Isang Kalikasan, Isang Kinabukasan in Laguna

ONE FOR NATURE. Putting the environment first through the Isang Kalikasan, Isang Kinabukasan initiatives are (L-R) Rizal, Laguna Vice Mayor Ferdinand Sumague; LUFamCo President Enrico Arvesu; Municipal Mayor Antonino Aurelio; Solid Cement  Plant Director Normandy Chan; and CEMEX Philippines Vice President for HR Atty. Gina Eala.

ONE FOR NATURE. Putting the environment first through the Isang Kalikasan, Isang Kinabukasan initiatives are (L-R) Rizal, Laguna Vice Mayor Ferdinand Sumague; LUFamCo President Enrico Arvesu; Municipal Mayor Antonino Aurelio; Solid Cement Plant Director Normandy Chan; and CEMEX Philippines Vice President for HR Atty. Gina Eala.

CEMEX Philippines inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Municipality of Rizal, Laguna to push forward its commitment to support the National Greening Program through the company’s institutionalized forest rehabilitation initiative called Isang Kalikasan, Isang Kinabukasan (One Nature, One Future).

“Isang Kalikasan, Isang Kinabukasan is very descriptive of the way we perceive each key player’s role in bringing back the beauty of nature. Each of us must move as one,” said Edmundo Trazo, CEMEX Environment, Health, and Safety manager.

A third of Mt. San Cristobal is found in the quiet town of Rizal, Laguna, a province just lying beneath the foot of the mountain. Among the portions where Mt. Cristobal is geographically divided, its share in Rizal, Laguna is in need of even more preservation efforts and existence of thriving trees.

The Ceremonial MoA Signing was made formal by Rizal, Laguna Mayor Antonino Aurelio; Vice Mayor Ferdinand Sumague; CEMEX Philippines Vice President for Human Resources Atty. Gina Eala; Solid Cement Plant Director Normandy Chan; and Liliw Upland Farmers Marketing Cooperative (LUFamCo) President Enrico Arvesu.

The agreement set to be accomplished in three years will provide enough period for the rehabilitation project.

“We in Rizal are very thankful to have responsible companies like CEMEX that are continuously giving back to nature,” said Mayor Aurelio. “Here in Rizal, when some organizations would like to hold tree planting activities, we also ask them to give provisions for care and maintenance of the seedlings.”

“Punongkahoy,” an original song written by a local from Rizal and performed during the program stressed that trees are of greatest value and these should be taken care of with all possible resources.

AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN. CEMEX employee volunteers from its Head Office in Makati and Solid Cement Plant in Antipolo get ready for their tree planting activity in Mount San Cristobal.

AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN. CEMEX employee volunteers from its Head Office in Makati and Solid Cement Plant in Antipolo get ready for their tree planting activity in Mount San Cristobal.

 

The National Greening Program is handled by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). MGB oversees the proper use and development of mineral resources in the country.

“CEMEX is very pleased to partner with the municipality of Rizal, Laguna; PENRO; and MGB because we have a common denominator— we all love nature. We are excited to work with you and maintain the momentum of this program,” said Plant Director Chan.

The MoA signing program was also graced by Laguna councilors, representatives from DENR-PENRO and MGB. The tree planting activity was participated by CEMEX volunteers from its Makati Office and Solid Plant.

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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