CEMEX Phils, provincial gov’t collab for Yolanda rebuild efforts

IMG_1613CEMEX Philippines, the leading producer of cement and other ready-mix products worldwide, officially partners with the provincial government, city governments of Northern Cebu and various non-government organizations to help the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda today.

According to Chito Maniago, CEMEX Philippines director for corporate communications and public affairs, the company’s new project dubbed as “Build Unity” is a “holistic, strategic and synergized community rebuilding program”.

A total of Php25M donated by the various CEMEX branches worldwide is intended to help the victims of the typhoon.

“It’s not the money but the partnership created. In unity, there is strength. We can’t do it alone”, said Maniago.

CEMEX Philippines tapped Task Force Paglig-on of the provincial government for the said project.

Atty. Ramil Abing, who appeared in behalf of Gov. Hilario Davide III, thanked CEMEX Philippines and other partners for their commitment and continued efforts in rebuilding Cebu.

“The province is doing its best to help and is currently facilitating the release of the help from the national government”, reported Abing.

Aside from the provincial government, “Build Unity” project is in partnership also with the city governments of Bogo and Danao where four (4) unity villages are set to be built with the help of Gawad Kalinga.

CEMEX Philippines partners also with the Department of Education Cebu Division to rehabilitate Kawit National High School in Medellin and with 3 Villages, 1 Goal  (3V1G) to build a community health center in Malapascua Island, provide a bancambulansya (boat ambulance) and train the people on first-aid and disaster response.

This project also aims to build a community livelihood center in Carnaza Island where a masonry skills training will be conducted with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and install underwater cement sculptures and driftwood sculptures in various coastal towns that would serve as marine habitat as well as boost the areas’ ecotourism.

Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. and Daanbantayan City Mayor Augusto Corro unceasingly thanked all the government, non-government organizations and private entities who continued to send help even up to now. They are aiming to acquire lots for the relocation of the many families that survived the typhoon Yolanda as well as rehabilitate the damaged houses and livelihood.

“We are committed to the province, and to the cities. You can count on us. This is not just an act of today but we are moving forward”, said Paul Arcenas, CEMEX Phils vice president for strategic planning. Lianne Llesol