Holcim Philippines, Inc., one of the leading building solution companies in the country, recently signed agreements in Davao last April 23 and 24 as part of its commitment to support the city’s progress.
Holcim Philippines will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI), a leading building group in Southern Mindanao. Both parties signed the partnership; renewing their supply engagement back in 2018 which involved 320,000 tons of cement.
DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy thanked Holcim Philippines for the partnership and lauded the company for introducing its new-high performance blended cement Solido as a better alternative to ordinary portland cement for infrastructure projects.
” The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido-it gets stronger over time. It is a great innovation because of the environmental and cost advantage over portland cement which helps us take care of nature while having savings,” he added.
Meanwhile, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region XI, Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) also signed their partnership with Holcim for training on forklift operations, masonry carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.
Holcim Davao will provide funding assistance and host the training to be administered by TESDA for 25 beneficiaries. DSWD will select the trainees from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries. The collaboration is part of Holcim Davao’s Stakeholder Engagement Program, which aims to support the community development through various industrial and construction-related skills training, livelihood and employment.
“These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills timely and relevant in the city’s healthy growth, ” said Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy.
Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA also expressed his insights about the recent parnerships. “This was made possible in order to enhance and upgrade the skills and living standards of beneficiaries from the identified neighboring barangays. This will also increase their employability while strongly supporting the government’s ‘Build,Build,Build’ program,” he ended.