Cemex vows free cement for government project, Philippines

Cemex vows free cement for government project, Philippines
Published: 20 October 2004

Cemex Philippines president Jaime Ruiz de Jaro has offered to supply free cement for eight bridges along the Alegria-Malabuyoc national road.

The provincial government itself would apply the asphalt on road and the concrete on bridges in line with the national government’s austerity measures.

Garcia said the only condition set by Cemex Philippines, formerly the Apo Cement Plant which is based in Naga, Cebu, is for the provincial government to pick the sacks of cement from its plant to the construction site.

After their talk with de Jaro, Garcia said she immediately informed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo about the development. The President then assured her of her presence during the inauguration once the project is completed.

Garcia said that with the free cement being promised by Cemex Philippines, the provincial government expects big savings in the implementation of the project.

There are eight existing wooden bridges along the Alegria-Malabuyoc national road and each is estimated to cost P6m for the application of concrete.

Garcia said the implementation of the project starts once the memorandum of agreement between the provincial government, the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Cemex Philippines is finalized.