By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios
Following the community quarantine placed in various areas in the Philippines that temporarily stops some business operations, Holcim Philippines, Inc., one of the leading cement manufacturers in the country has restarted manufacturing and logistics operations with stronger health and safety controls to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is prevented.
In the statement sent to THEPHILBIZNEWS, the company started to reopen its plants and terminals in La Union, Bulacan, Manila, Batangas, and Davao following the easing up of the national and local governments on the quarantine status level that started in the second half of March.
To make sure that the needed support of customers and construction activity in North Mindanao during this period, Holcim decided to sustain the operations in Lugait, Misamis Oriental plant.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said the company has completed health and safety controls against COVID-19 to protect its people and partners at its sites in line with government guidelines and best practices of global building materials leader LafargeHolcim Group. Stull said the company continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and will comply with health authorities’ guidance on the matter.
“We are ready to continue supporting our partners nationwide as they build important structures and contribute to reinvigorating the economy”, the President and CEO of Holcim Philippines said.
“It is determined to ensure the well-being of our people, communities, and business partners during our operations is consistent with our core value of health and safety. Our company is also ready to share our expertise in this area to government and private sector partners to further contribute to the recovery efforts,” Stull added.
Stull said the company’s facilities are in good condition and ready to ramp up operations to provide reliable supply as building and economic activity recovers. He added that the company is well equipped with digital tools to ensure that support teams can still perform well while working from home, and provide customers reliable and efficient commercial transactions.
During the COVID-19 quarantines, Holcim Philippines installed new health facilities and rolled out safety protocols focused on social distancing, proper sanitation and hygiene, and health monitoring at its sites. The company also extended assistance to host communities affected by the health crisis.