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BAGUIO CITY (Nov. 18, 2016) — Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) made a grand slam tonight during the Safest Mines and Quarries Awards at Camp John Hay in this city.
The company operating in San Fernando, Cebu earned the “Safest Quarry Operations” award for the third consecutive year and the 2016 “Safest Mining Operations,” the highest award for a mining operator.
It also got the recognition for the 2016 “Best Mining Forest” in the non-metallic category, the same classification as the award for safest mining operation, bared Delfin A. Campo, SEDC operations manager.
SEDC’s primary client, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI), also earned a back-to-back merit for operating the “Safest Mineral Processing” in the cement plant category.
Regarded as the Oscars in the Philippine mining industry, the awarding came as the highlight of the 63rd National Mine Safety and Environment Conference of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).
For 63 years, PMSEA members themselves judge the contenders for the awards through a system similar to that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the movie industry in the United States.
Witnessed by DENR undersecretary Mario Luis J. Jacinto, concurrent MGB director, PMSEA president Louie R. Sarmiento handed the award to SEDC and TCPI that have been consistent with giving prime value to safety and environmental protection.
SEDC director Hiroyuki Sakakibara received the awards with Campo, human resources and administration head Mitzie Almira I. Carin, and community relations officer Gines T. Boltron.
Eng’r. Romeo M. Gebilaguin, environment and safety division manager, and safety inspector Eng’r. Bert Yap received the award for TCPI and dedicated this to fellow employees.
Both companies behind the production of cement products as Grand Portland, Grand Pozzolan, Grand Premium and Grand Masonry took the limelight from other mining and mining-associated companies that night.
While SEDC bested all other non-metallic mining companies for operating the “Safest Mining Operations” this year, it earned the “Safest Quarry Operations” award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
It also 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 for “Safest Mineral Processing” in 2006, 2007 and 2009, and merits also in 2010 and 2012.
SEDC mines out in San Fernando uplands limestone and alumino-silicate materials such as clay, silica, and gypsum, minerals that TCPI needs to manufacture cement at its plant in South Poblacion.
Lands it mined out since 1993 have all been rehabilitated in better condition that before, turning them into new pocket forests, shared Boltron who received the 2016 Best Mining Forest.
Gebilaguin and Campo cited the persistent support and active involvement of management in the safety programs as championed no less by TCPI president and CEO Satoshi Asami and Sakakibara, also chief technical advisor of SEDC.
They dedicated the award to all TCPI and SEDC employees for their unwavering consciousness on safety and commitment to ensure the company operates without causing any harm on anyone.
Asami noted the 2016 awards and those TCPI and SEDC reaped over the years are testaments that the Taiheiyo Group upholds and promotes the standards for the environment, occupational health and safety.
TCPI maintains management systems that are updated and certified since 2005 as having attuned to standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) based in Geneva.
These are ISO 14001:2015 for environment management, British Standard (BS) 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety, and 9001:2015 for quality management.
Incorporated into a unified and coordinated system, the three systems have since 2006 been fused into an Integrated Management System (IMS) that has also since been recognized by Certification International.
TCPI holds the record as the first cement plant in the Philippines to obtain an ISO 14001 certification for the implementation of its EMS. Its plant also earned in 1997 Business for Environment Award bestowed by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).
PMSEA groups mining companies, quarries and cement plant operators, suppliers, service contractors, professional organizations and government agencies.
It has been consistent with its national campaign for occupational safety and against health and environmental hazards of mining and its related operations.
The Safest Mines and Quarries Awards has been meant to create greater consciousness, awareness, and elimination of occupational and environmental hazards in mining operations.