Employees of Cement Maker Holcim Join DepEd’s ‘Brigada Eskwela’

Media Release:

EMPLOYEES of leading cement maker Holcim Philippines, Inc. again helped prepare public schools for the opening of classes as they volunteered in the Department of Education’s (DepEd) nationwide “Brigada Eskwela” (School Brigade) from May 20 to 27.

More than 270 volunteers from Holcim Philippines across the country helped 22 public elementary and high schools that cater to more than 10,000 students in their communities by donating building and cleaning materials, repairing classrooms and buildings, as well as cleaning and beautifying the grounds of the various campuses.

The Holcim volunteers were joined by hundreds more from its public and private sector partners.

“We are glad to once again support the DepEd’s “Brigada Eskwela” campaign. This is an annual tradition our employees look forward to. This is part of our commitment to give back to our communities by pitching in to make their schools more conducive for learning,” said Holcim Philippines Vice President for Communications Cara Ramirez.

Holcim Philippines has been participating in the “Brigada Eskwela” since 2010. Joining this activity is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign “Holcim Helps”, which demonstrates its commitment to be a partner in the progress of its communities.

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Holcim Philippines volunteers. (Photo: Holcim)

Aside from participating in activities to prepare the schools, Holcim also conducted Health and Safety workshops in its Bacnotan Plant in La Union.

In Lugait plant, on the other hand, experts from Holcim’s waste management unit Geocycle conducted a talk on the benefits of co-processing, an effective environmental solution that re-purposes discarded materials from various industries into alternative fuels and raw materials using a cement kiln.

This year, the Paratong Elementary School in Bacnotan, La Union, one of the schools Holcim Philippines has been supporting, was cited by the DepEd for having one of the best “Brigada Eskwela” activities in the region. The school shared this recognition to Holcim and its other partners from the private sector.

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees. (Holcim)

Update, 6:42 p.m., June 21: Title/head of article corrected after a mix-up.

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