CeMAP Member-Northern Cement

Northern Cement Corporation is situated at the extreme southwestern flanks of Cordillera mountain range. The area is characterized by low flat lying alluvial plains and eventually rises towards the north and east exhibiting a gently rolling to moderately rugged terrain.

Rolling hills occupy mostly the western and southern portion of the company which is at the foothills of the Cordillera and sliced in-between by the Aloragat River. High relief starts from the cement plant abruptly rising to the north and east reaching an elevation of about six hundred (600) meters above sea level. On top of the limestone deposits forms a plateau-like terrain with an average altitude of three hundred (300) meters.

The company’s cement plant complex is twenty five (25) kilometers away from Urdaneta City and could be reached by any motor vehicle following the Manila-Laoag national road up to Barangay Paldit junction in Sison, Pangasinan. A six (6) kilometers stretch due east reaches the cement plant complex.

Brief History

Northern Cement Corporation was incorporated on February 10, 1967, On the same year, Mr. Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., showed the first ray of hope and blessings to the people of barrio Labayug, Sison, Pangasinan by transforming this idle forested land into an industrialized community.

Under his leadership and guidance, the Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company of Manila (AG&P) was commissioned to construct what was to become the largest and the most modern cement plant in the country during that time. A team of engineers arrived in Sison, Pangasinan and taught the barrio folks whose only skills is to till the soil, the precious knowledge of cement manufacturing that eventually gave them livelihood without leaving their home town.

The year 1969 saw the rise of Northern Cement Corporation as the Country’s producer of quality cement. On the 6th of December 1969, the first smoke was emitted from its chimney stack signifying the firing of the Rotary Kiln. Twenty-one days later, the plant was blessed and inaugurated.

The first bag of cement was produced on January 28, 1970 and from then on, the domestic market have known Northern Cement as a household name in concrete construction.

The company also engaged in exporting its products from 1970 to the 80’s satisfying customers in India, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, China and other countries in the region. An undeniable proof that quality product defies distance.

The company added to its mantle the certification on ISO 9002:1994 on September 2, 1999 and on October 25, 2002, the ISO 9001:2000, in its commitment towards consistent product quality. On January 19, 2006, Northern Cement Corporation focused on strengthening further its existing Quality Management System by including ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:1999 for environmental protection and occupational safety & health, respectively.