CeMAP joins FPI members commitment to sustainable development

CeMAP is one with the members of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) in stating its belief that sustainable development is a fundamental challenge facing humanity today, and that our industries need an agenda for action that accept this challenge, while focusing on the urgent needs of the country to address poverty.

CeMAP, therefore, undertakes programs on Sustainable Development in the following areas:

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  2. Waste and Emissions Management
  3. Use and Recycling of Raw Materials, Fuel, Water and Other Resources
  4. Health and Safety


  • Holcim

Social commitment
Community involvement

  • Taiheiyo Philippines

Feeding Program
High School Full Scholarship Program
Cement Donations for Government Infrastructure Projects
Assistance to Victims of Natural Calamities
Participation in Government Initiated Projects
Tree Planting Activities

In Education

Apart from performing their traditional role in infrastructure development, major players of the Philippine cement industry are also concerned with helping create a more intelligent citizenry through scholarship grants and other education-related projects.

Cement companies belonging to the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) have been zealously pursuing community-based projects in the field of education, ranging from distribution of free school supplies to scholarship grants for but deserving students to building schoolhouses.

Lafarge associated companies built two schoolhouses in Sitio Banahaw in Norzagaray, Bulacan in line with its Social Development Management Programs (SDMP).

Lafarge also spearheaded, in collaboration with the Ateneo-based ABAKADA Foundation, the Japanese Embassy and the local government of Surigao the implementation in Surigao province in Mindanao of a trend-setting project called Earthbag Schools which are deemed typhoon-resistant. Instead of using hollow blocks, earthbag schools used compacted soil packed in plastic bags. The materials are held together by cement and steel bars.

Lafarge partnered with DepEd in their rehabilitation project for Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City, the country’s premier training institution for our public school teachers, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

Lafarge associated companies have also expanded its SDMP to cover the introduction of livelihood projects and scholarship grants in its host communities in Norzagaray, Bulacan, Teresa town in Rizal, Batangas and Iligan City.

CEMEX Philippines and Pacific Cement have their respective Adopt-a School Programs which provide service and training facilities to public elementary schools in Antipolo City and Cebu. The program also involved the construction of computer laboratories, libraries, and comfort rooms, as well as renovation of classrooms and drainage systems.

CEMEX Philippines Foundation’s Adopt-a-School program has been running for close to three years only, but it has helped at least six (6) public elementary schools and has helped a total of – students in the community.

In partnership with Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, Inc. CEMEX Foundation also spearheaded reading programs in its adopted schools.

As an offshoot of its monthly Isang Lapis, Isang Papel program, the CEMEX Philippines Foundation, Inc. currently distributes school bags and textbooks to students in its adopted schools.

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Pacific Cement has been implementing the same concept for its adopted schools in host communities in Surigao Del Norte for more than 10 years. Pacific Cement has also donated cement for the construction of classrooms using ‘earth bag’ technology.

Holcim Philippines, Inc. has its WIWAG® Business Weeks and ‘galing Mason programs designed to hone the skills of undergraduate students and masons, respectively. WIWAG® is a five-day hands-on training program in business management based on a computer-assisted business simulation game. It aims to enhance business and economics education among second to fourth year undergraduate students of public colleges and universities.

The program enables the students to gain vital insights in finance, human resources, research and development, production, and marketing, with licensed global volunteer instructors provided by Holcim and its partner-companies.

On the other hand, Holcim’s ‘galing Mason program is a certified seven-day vocational training course to improve the level of knowledge and skills of untrained masons. The program is done in collaboration with the government-run Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Philippine Constructors Association and the Association of Construction and Informal Workers. Holcim also runs a masonry skills competition at the regional and national levels to recognize outstanding Filipino masons.

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. maintains 47 scholars under its wings. Now on its fourth year, the company’s scholarship program is offered to valedictorians and honor graduates of public schools in San Fernando, Cebu.

To encourage the children to study harder, Taiheiyo also awards medals to honor students in 21 barangays in San Fernando every year. The practice has been going on since 1994.

Another far- reaching project of Taiheyo is its collaboration with the Cebu provincial government in constructing two- classroom elementary and high school buildings throughout the province. Majority of the schools were completed in time for the opening of class this year.

Responding to a request from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Taiheyo also donated two sets of welding machines completed with accessories to a TESDA- run vocational training school in San Fernando.

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In Environment

Programs are being pursued by the country’s leading cement manufacturers in the areas of pollution reduction, waste management, biodiversity protection and preservation, reforestation, and preventing extinction of endangered species.

Adoption by Lafarge-associated Republic Cement Corp. (RCC) of a six-hectare area of the endangered Ipo Watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan, where more than 1,000 tree saplings were initially planted. RCC is doing this in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Manila Water Co., the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and the non-government organization “Hands On Manila”.

RCC intends to broaden the program to cover other watersheds notably in Rizal and Batangas. Iligan Cement Corp., another Lafarge-associated company, intends to do the same.

Holcim Philippines Inc., a founding member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is investing in equipment and systems that help conserve and preserve the environment.

Holcim has installed Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems at its operating plants in Bulacan, La Union, Davao and Misamis Oriental provinces. The firm also works with local government units and industrial companies towards proper solid waste management, and in minimizing the use of scarce landfills through co-processing technology.

CEMEX Philippines, through its foundation, is implementing the Adopt-a-Species Program in partnership with Conservation International.

”All these efforts point to our desire to harmonize efforts being done by various groups on conservation and focus the initiatives for effective protection of the threatened species,” CEMEX Philippines President Sergio Menendez said.

CEMEX Philippines is the first cement manufacturer and the third Philippine company to receive the Green Choice seal for its eco-friendly products.

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Responding to calls for a clean and green environment, Taiheiyo Cement established and is maintaining an environmental management system that meets both international and national environmental system standards.

Maintenance efforts within the Taiheiyo Cement plant are consciously carried out to preserve the environment, such as the maintenance of a plant nursery, mini-park and landscaped areas, strict observance of proper waste disposal, recycling of combustible wastes, tree planting and growing in mined-out quarry sites, and the maintenance of a quarry waste dumpsite.

Noble Regard for the Environment

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In Housing Assistance

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On Medical and Disaster Assistance

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  • Cemex

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  • Holcim

Solid Waste Management Program
Atmospheric emissions and other environmental impacts


  • Holcim

Resources conservation
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Safe and Sound Site (How the Cement Industry Ensures the Safety of Plant Workers)
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  • Lafarge

Donald, a cement plant worker, recounts the story of his accident to his young daughter. One day, his co-worker Harry gives him a short lesson on safety signs in the cement plant and their importance to achieving zero accidents in the workplace. Satisfied with what he learned, Donald goes back to his work station.

Later on, he takes a quick smoke break, ignoring the “No Smoking” sign posted on the wall behind him. After lighting a cigarette, he throws the match on the floor and causes a small fire. In a bout of panic, Donald boards a forklift to call for help. Driving crazily, he knocks down the “No Entry” sign on the road, hits the wall and ends up in the hospital. The moral of the story, he tells his daughter, is that “The company’s safety signs are very important, but they can only be effective if everyone follows them.”

Donald is a character straight out of a comic book on zero accidents and safety signs. Produced by Lafarge Associated Companies in the Philippines for its employees, the full-color and easy-to-understand comic book series is one way by which the company educates its plant workers that safety is not just a policy, but also a way of life. Other health and safety programs include seminars, the provision of Personal Protective Equipment such as safety goggles, heavy-duty gloves, hard hats and boots, as well as the sharing of safety values with contractors, suppliers, and guests.

  • Holcim

“Ensuring the health and safety of cement plant workers is among the industry’s key priorities. Cement companies enforce strict self-regulation to guarantee that employees are protected against incidents in and out of the plant,” said Dr. Edilberto L. Tadulan, the former chair of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines’ (CeMAP) Sustainable Development Committee and occupational health and safety coordinator of Holcim Philippines.

He added that “the majority of CeMAP member companies have received the highly-prized international certification OHSAS 18001 for the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series which is designed to ensure the safety of all workers in offices and manufacturing plants.”

Most of the companies also have reaped many an award for their health and safety practices. Holcim Philippines received four major Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association awards in 2005. Republic Cement Corporation, a Lafarge Associated Company, was named the Safest Cement Plant in the Philippines, while CEMEX Philippines’ APO Cement Corporation was named the Safest Mineral Processing Operation in the Annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference for 2005 in the Annual Mine Safety and Environment Conference.

“Cement companies really invest on the health and safety of employees. In Holcim, we conduct safety orientations every quarter. Employees and contractors are required to attend these seminars and be insured. Otherwise, we won’t give them renewal stickers, and the guards won’t allow them to enter the premises,” said Ricardo Santos, Jr., Holcim Philippines health and safety officer in its Bulacan plant.

The company also implements the “Deputized Safety Officer of the Day” program to enable its employees to take turns in reminding their co-workers about safety habits. Counseling is another key program. “An employee who violates safety policies undergoes counseling on what went wrong and what should be done to prevent more violations. We want employees to realize that the policies are for his own good,” Santos shared.

  • Cemex

Proving its commitment to safety, CEMEX Philippines’ APO Cement Corporation in Naga, Cebu also has achieved four years or 1,460 days no lost time accident last month. This demonstrates the company’s strict adherence to its safety policy which covers its personnel, community, as well as the environment. Sustaining a culture of environmental awareness, health and safety is a continuous effort shown by using the most effective equipment and systems, and conducting training programs for employees and contractors.

  • Taiheiyo

For Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc., health and safety equates to efficiency, productivity and social responsibility. “We are happy to report that we continue to gain favorable results in our continued effort to manage hazards and risks related to the workplace,” TCPI Environment and Safety Manager Nilo Yap said.

  • Holcim

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  • Cemex

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