Communication ♦ Marketing ♦ Social Engineering
SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (Oct. 22, 2015) — Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) reviewed their joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP) by consulting yesterday key stakeholders to revalidate and update it to be more responsive to and relevant for the communities they serve in this town.
Some 50 community leaders, including barangay captains, school principals, head teachers and people’s organization leaders from now 13 impact barangays covered by the SDMP and some town officials gathered recently for this purpose.
The interactive consultation had TCPI’s public relations consultant Cerwin T. Eviota, who is also an organizational development specialist and a trainer, facilitating the whole day activity at the TCPI conference hall.
TCPI and SEDC consulted the stakeholders’ representatives preparatory to the development of a new 5-year work plan for 2016 to 2020 with its corresponding budget, focusing SDMP’s resources to programs the representatives’ preferences.
“We wanted to engage the different stakeholders in meaningful conversations,” quipped Mitzie Almira I. Carin, the SDMP coordinator who is also SEDC’s deputy division manager for human resources and administration.
The participants classified the projects and programs undertaken in the past, those in progress and some being proposed as they assessed based on the impact to their communities, especially those that improve the lives of those in need.
As the stakeholders have recommended, their output were later classified by the community development office according to the following categories:
The SDMP is mandated under Republic Act No. 7942, or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, as defined in the implementing rules by DENR Administrative Order No. 2010-13, with which 75 percent of its budget is to be spent to help develop the host and neighboring communities.
For TCPI and SEDC, it covers seven primary impact barangays where SEDC operates quarries used as minerals needed by TCPI to produce cement products and where TCPI mainly operates.
They include the coastal barangays of North Poblacion, South Poblacion and Panadtaran, and the hinterlands of Tonggo, Tinubdan, Magsico and Bugho.
The same SDMP further covers six secondary barangays are Basak, Cabatbatan, Ilaya, Tabionan, Tananas and Tubod, the latter only recently added to the original 12 impact barangays.