Holcim Philippines’s Galing Mason wins national, international awards


From left: Holcim Davao CSR Officer May Escalicas, Holcim Davao CSR Manager Base Devilleres and Holcim Philippines Stakeholder Relations Officer Veronica Viriña receive the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award (AREA) 2016 given by Enterprise Asia at the International CSR Summit in Singapore from its Advisor to Enterprise Asia Professor Datuk Seri Datuk Victor Wee and from Enterprise Asia President Dato William Ng.

Galing Mason, Holcim Philippines’s flagship corporate responsibility program continues to win awards from local and international award bodies. 

Galing Mason was recently recognized in three prestigious award programs: a Gold Quill Award of Merit given at the World Conference of the San Francisco-based International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) held in New Orleans, USA; a citation in the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) 2016 given by Enterprise Asia at the International CSR Summit in Singapore; and a PANAta Marketing Effectiveness Award given by the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) in Makati City.

Holcim Philippines was one of only three Philippine awardees from among 223 global winners whose entries were deemed world class following a rubric of excellence applied to all entries from different countries. Only 12 countries made it to the winners’ list. The Gold Quill Award is a coveted international communication award given for exceptional work that significantly contributes to business and organizational outcomes.

The AREA award was given under the Investment in People category, which recognizes policies and programs that show respect for employees and business partners. The company was among the 59 Asian businesses honoured in AREA for responsible entrepreneurial achievements by Enterprise Asia.

The PANA award was given in the advocacy marketing-integrated program category during the PANAta Marketing Effectiveness Awards.

Launched in 2004, the Galing Mason aims to help raise the skills and profile of Filipino masons to recognize their contribution in building essential structures for national development.  The program also conducts the nationwide search for outstanding masons. In its 2015 cycle of the biannual Galing Mason Awards, another component of the program, four female masons made it as national semi-finalists, a first in its history.

Since its launch, the Galing Mason has helped more than 5,000 masons get additional training and certification as skilled workers by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Other partners are the National Housing Authority, the Association of Construction and Informal Workers, and the Philippine Constructors Association.

Holcim Philippines’s corporate citizenship efforts are guided by its core value of sustainability, that wherever it operates, communities are uplifted whether it be in infrastructure, education or livelihood, and that its core values of health and safety, customer focus, integrity, sustainability and people are authentically integrated into its operations and relationships with its stakeholders.