Last April 24, 2019, Officials of Holcim Philippines and the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. signed a supply agreement for Holcim to provide reliable cement supply to builders in Davao, renewing their supply engagement in 2018which involved 320,000 tons of cement. Holcim will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors AssociationCenter, Inc. (DCACI), one of the leading building groups in southern Mindanao with 179 members.
“The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido, which gets stronger over time. SolidoItis a great innovation because of its environmental and cost advantage over portland cement which helpsus take care of nature while having savings,” stated by DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy.
Holcim Philippines also signed a partnership on April 23 with the Region XI offices of the Department ofSocial Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority(TESDA) for training on forklift operations, masonry, carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.
25 personalities will also claim benefit of Holcim’s own-funded training, to be administered by TESDA, which will help them be skilled workers. These people will be selected by DSWD from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries. This project is in line with the aim of Holcim to help and support community development through skills training, employment and livelihood.
“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao. These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills to participate in the city’s healthy growth,” said Holcim Davao Plant Manager, Xavier Kennedy.
“The partnership is truly helpful to people. 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,” said Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA.