The residents of South Poblacion, San Fernando, Philippines have withdrawn their opposition to the proposed construction of a cement plant in their area and signed a manifesto of support for the project. A total of 2,235 residents of the barangay signed the manifesto endorsing the project to the municipal officials and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The same group of people has earlier signed a petition vehemently opposing the proposed construction of a cement processing plant by the Mabuhay Filcement Incorporated, citing possible threats to their health as primary ground for their opposition. However, after the benefits that they would get out of the plant operation were explained to them, the residents decided to withdraw their opposition. According to them, the plant would address the demand for cement supply in the community and would give them, and even the people nearby, a livelihood.
Filcement Incorporated is a cement company owned by the family of Cebuano businessman Enrique Benedicto. The company proposed to build a cement processing plant in South Poblacion, San Fernando which is expected to produce 45,000 bags of Portland and Pozzoland cement daily (approx 600,000tpa).
Niel Papas, media liaison officer of the company, assured the public that the company will comply with all the requirements set by the DENR to ensure that the public’s health will not be compromised. Papas also said that the company will only use 20 cubic meter daily which will also be recycled.