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Solid Earth cited for Safest Quarry Operations

Taiheiyo gets merit as ‘Safest Mineral Processing Plant’

BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 21, 2015)Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) has earned the major award for maintaining the Safest Quarry Operations this year.

Its main client, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI), consistent with giving safety prime value in its operations, also earned the merit for keeping the Safest Mineral Processing Plant in the cement category.

Both companies operate in San Fernando town in Cebu.

Delfin A. Campo, SEDC operations manager, received the award for SEDC during the Safest Mines and Quarries Awards last night at Camp John Hay in this city.

Eng’r. Romeo M. Gebilaguin, TCPI environment and safety division manager, and safety section head Eng’r. Dwight P. Avila received the recognition for TCPI.

Regarded as the Oscars in the Philippine mining industry, the awarding has been part of the National Mine Safety and Environment Conference of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) that has run for 62 years.

Safest. The manufacturing plant of TCPI and a portion of a quarry by SEDC in San Fernando, Cebu are shown here.

Safest. The manufacturing plant of TCPI and a portion of a quarry by SEDC in San Fernando, Cebu are shown here.

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The awardees were judged by the members themselves of PMSEA through a system similar to that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the movie industry in the US.

PMSEA president Eng’r. Louie R. Sarmiento and Eng’r. Leo L. Jasareno, director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), handed the award to SEDC for its quarry operations in the hills of San Fernando, and to TCPI for its cement manufacturing facility at South Poblacion in the same town.

SEDC also earned the major award last year (2014) and got recognized for having achieved Zero Lost Time Accident in 2009 and 2010.

Pitched against all cement manufacturing plants in the country, TCPI had previously earned the major award in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and merits also in 2010 and 2012.

Campo, Gebilaguin and Avila cited management’s persistent support and involvement in the safety programs as championed no less by TCPI President and CEO Satoshi Asami and Takehito Oga, SEDC director and technical adviser.

They also dedicated the award to all TCPI and SEDC employees for their unwavering consciousness on safety and commitment to ensure that both companies operate without causing any harm on anyone.

PMSEA groups mining companies, quarries and cement plant operators, suppliers, service contractors, professional organizations and government agencies that advocate a national campaign for occupational safety and against health and environmental hazards of mining and its related operations.

Bestowed annually, the Safest Mines and Quarries Awards has the primary objective of creating greater consciousness, awareness, and elimination of occupational and environmental hazards in mining operations.

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