Hol­cim en­gages DTI, DPWH on sup­port to Build pro­gram

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Build­ing so­lu­tions provider Hol­cim Philip­pines, Inc. as­sured key gov­ern­ment stake­hold­ers of its com­mit­ment to the ro­bust build­ing ac­tiv­ity in the coun­try as it shared the ex­pan­sion of its La Union ce­ment plant and new tech­nolo­gies for im­proved lo­cal road con­struc­tion.

On Oc­to­ber 26, Hol­cim Philip­pines ex­ec­u­tives toured of­fi­cials of the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try led by Un­der­sec­re­tary for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Ruth Castelo to its La Union plant and briefed the DTI del­e­ga­tion on the com­pany’s sup­port for the strong con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity in North­ern Lu­zon.

Hol­cim Philip­pines Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Sales Wil­liam Su­ma­linog and La Union Plant Man­ager Erano San­tos high­lighted the on­go­ing pro­ject to raise the fa­cil­ity’s an­nual ce­ment pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity to 2 mil­lion met­ric tons by the first half of 2019. The com­pany ini­ti­ated the pro­ject last year to meet the in­creas­ing ce­ment de­mand in the re­gion.

Also on Oc­to­ber 18, Hol­cim Philip­pines pre­sented its soil sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy in the 4th Re­search Symposium on Rapid Con­struc­tion Meth­ods by the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways’ (DPWH) Bureau of Re­search Stan­dards (BRS). Eleven other re­search stud­ies were pre­sented dur­ing the fo­rum on new tech­nolo­gies that can help the gov­ern­ment’s “Build, Build, Build” in­fras­truc­ture pro­gram.

Hol­cim Philip­pines Head of In­fras­truc­ture John Ed­ward Reyes dis­cussed how soil sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy can help the DPWH and lo­cal con­trac­tors build more durable roads and ex­e­cute th­ese faster and within bud­get.

Reyes noted that soil sta­bi­liza­tion en­ables projects to avoid dura­bil­ity is­sues from hav­ing less than suit­able ground as sub grade and de­lays caused by in­clement weather. The tech­nol­ogy can also help ad­dress the scarcity of qual­ity ag­gre­gates and lessen emis­sions from trans­port­ing more suit­able soil for projects. He cited road projects in Davao in April that re­al­ized cost and time sav­ings af­ter the con­trac­tor and Hol­cim ap­plied soil sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy.

DPWH BRS Di­rec­tor Rey­naldo G. Tagu­dando said it is im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to ex­plore new meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies that can speed up the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Build pro­gram given its scale and time­lines. He cited the soil sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy as among the promis­ing in­no­va­tions that can im­prove lo­cal road build­ing. Tagu­dando added that the BRS will fur­ther study th­ese tech­nolo­gies and is­sue a de­part­ment or­der al­low­ing their use if th­ese are proven to de­liver their promised ben­e­fits.

Hol­cim Philip­pines Head of Sales Wil­liam Su­ma­linog said: “Th­ese di­a­logues are help­ful in up­dat­ing gov­ern­ment about our pro­grams that sup­port in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. We will con­tinue th­ese en­gage­ments to re­it­er­ate our com­mit­ment to con­trib­ute more than ce­ment to the na­tion’s progress.”


HOL­CIM PHILIP­PINES Head of In­fras­truc­ture John Ed­ward Reyes dis­cusses how soil sta­bi­liza­tion tech­nol­ogy can help in build­ing more durable roads within dead­line and bud­get in the 4thRe­search Symposium on Rapid Con­struc­tion Meth­ods by the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways. The fo­rum was held at the Ba­hay ng Alumni in UP Dil­i­man on Oc­to­ber 18.

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