Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc., the service provider to cement manufacturers Republic Cement, Iligan Cement and Mindanao Portland Cement, has been a fervent advocate of road safety for years.
Transportation of the products it sells nationwide, mostly by land, plays a major role in its business. Throughout the years, it has continually conducted programs to educate its contractors on the importance of safety.
This year, Lafarge extended this initiative to its haulers and customers by organizing a Haulers’ Conference at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel Intercontinental, Makati. A whole day affair, the conference was filled with talks, lectures and sharing of best-practice case studies from both the government and private sectors, and an exhibit of transport- related products and services that highlight safety and allow for the sharing of safety practices among the participants.
The conference is in keeping with Lafarge’s Health & Safety Month celebration, a yearly event held in June during which ideas and experiences within the group are shared to show to colleagues, families, contractors, customers and all other stakeholders that Health & Safety is not only Lafarge’s way of working but is also part of its culture and lifestyle.
The theme for this year’s Health & Safety Month is "I Care for our Health, Safety and Cleanliness." One of the objectives of Lafarge for this year is to increase engagement in Health & Safety with a special focus on the area of Mobile Equipment - which includes vehicles that transport its products and raw materials from point to point.
The main activity during the conference was the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) where participants shared their concerns about business operations, exchanged best practices and discussed safety issues. With the results of the FGD on hand, Lafarge will partner with their haulers and customers to tailor-fit safety programs addressing not only the safety concerns raised but also the safety gaps seen.
Other activities included a lecture on transport safety by Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing, a sharing by Pozzolanic, Inc. executive Emyl Rendon of their safety success story and a presentation of safety practices from different driving manuals from Europe and the United States by automotive expert Alex Loinaz.