Leading cement maker Holcim Philippines, Inc.’s commitment to uplift its communities is bearing fruit in Bulacan through tax payments that fund essential government services and initiatives that reduce water consumption and provide neighbors access to this resource.
Holcim Philippines’ plant in Norzagaray has been invited to the provincial government’s activity on Nov. 18 in Malolos City to recognize Bulacan’s biggest taxpayers. The company’s plant was also awarded by the municipal government in 2017 for being a top taxpayer.
The company’s sites are regularly recognized by local governments of host communities for tax contributions, which is key to funding state development programs and part of its commitment to build progress in the country. The Holcim 2021 Tax Transparency Report identified Holcim Philippines as the 13th biggest taxpayer in the Group.
Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “We are thankful to the Bulacan provincial government for this recognition. We are glad that the taxes we pay support the development of communities that host our operations by providing them the funds for essential services like education, health care and transport.”
The Bulacan plant also reached a significant environmental milestone this year as it no longer draws freshwater from the community for operations, as part of its drive to positively contribute to communities and lower its environmental footprint.
Part of the plant’s water requirement is supplied from harvested rainwater in a nearby lagoon from a mined out quarry. It has also built facilities to improve usage efficiency and replenish water consumed by the plant. Recycling systems have been installed to reuse water to cool equipment, which is the most water-intensive part of operations. Similar projects are being implemented across operations nationwide to reach the company’s goal of significantly reducing freshwater withdrawal in producing cement. In 2021, the plant also helped a neighboring community build facilities that improved the access of over a hundred families to affordable and reliable water supply.
These initiatives are part of its program to significantly reduce freshwater withdrawal in producing cement and contribute to communities’ water needs by 2030. The company set this as a sustainability target in recognition of the country’s challenges in water access which impacts the health and wellness of communities.
Holcim Philippines is implementing a water replenishment program focused on watershed protection and restoration; water for productive use; and water access and sanitation. Strategic partnerships with communities and local government units in water-risk areas have been established to allow the company to serve their local needs and maximize watershed improvement.
About Holcim Philippines
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 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 45001:2018 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Holcim Philippines is a member of the Holcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 60 countries with over 70,000 employees.
Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world’s most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Geocycle, Holcim, Lafarge and Malarkey Roofing Products. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.