DENR commends cement associated companies

(Manila Bulletin, G-27, May 1, 2005)

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Michael Defensor has commended the Lafarge associated companies in the Philippines for their disaster relief work during last year’s super typhoons.

In a letter of commendation sent to Lafarge Cement Services Philippines Inc. (LCSPI) President Erdogan Pekenc, Defensor stated DENR’s appreciation “for the relief assistance you extended to ease the suffering of our countrymen in affected provinces.”

Special mention was accorded to LCSPI’s Corporate Communications Manager Margarita Y. Locsin for “her invaluable effort” in coordinating the group’s effort.

The Lafarge associated companies, which includes Republic Cement Corporation, Continental Operating Corporation, FR Cement Corporation, Fortune Cement Corporation, Iligan Cement Corporation and Limay Grinding Mill Corporation, jointly donated and distributed truckloads of rice, water, instant noodles, canned goods, mats and blankets, as well as industrial equipment, immediately after the super typhoon struck.

“It is a great honor for the Lafarge associated companies to be recognized by its regulator. We wish to reiterate to the honorable secretary and to the DENR that we will continue to be their partner in nation building for many years to come,” Pekenc said.

Furthermore, FR Cement Corporation in Teresa, Rizal, opened its doors to super typhoon victims as the natural calamity also affected their area, while all other Lafarge associated plants immediately committed their rescue and recovery facilities to the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA)’s Safety Networking Action Program (SNAP).

“The relief effort was a group effort. I am proud of the immediate and urgency which the employees of the Lafarge associated companies put together the supplies needed by the supertyphoon victims,” Pekenc went on to say. “I am very impressed by the Filipino bayanihan spirit.”

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