Construction solutions company Holcim Philippines, Inc. bagged eight awards including the Best Mining Forest award for its Misamis Oriental operations in the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference last 21 November 2015 in Baguio City.
The company’s quarries in La Union and Davao were also the second and third runners-up, respectively, for Best Mining Forest-Non Metallic Category. It was the fourth straight year Holcim Philippines’s quarry in Misamis Oriental received the Best Mining Forest award and the ninth time in the last 10 years.
Holcim Philippines’s cement plants in La Union and Davao likewise won Platinum and Titanium Awards, the second and third highest citations given by a joint public and private sector committee to recognize mining companies for excellence in safety and environmental performance and community engagement. LafargeHolcim Aggregates, Inc., which operates an aggregates plant in Rizal, took home another Titanium Award and was a runner-up in the Safest Quarry category.
Holcim Philippines President and Country CEO Eduardo Sahagun said the public can count on the company to remain committed to sustainability and thus operate following the highest standards of safety and environmental performance.
“The values of safety and taking care of the environment are embedded in our corporate mindset, making it possible for all our facilities to get these achievements. We compete among ourselves, but we never hold back in sharing the best practices,” he said.
The Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award was established in 1997 through Executive Order No. 399 in compliance with the policy that mining activities should be pro-environment and pro-people. Its selection committee is composed of the secretaries of the Departments of Environment, Trade, Interior and Local Government, Health, and Science and Technology. The other members are the presidents of the Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association, Philippine Mineral Exploration Association and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.