Lafarge gives hygiene kits to evacuees at JFE center PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 November 2013 14:32

Lafarge, the country’s leading manufacturer of quality cement, in partnership with its local counterparts the Pacific Hardware and Joan’s Pharmacy has donated hygiene kits to thousands of evacuees occupying the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan, this city.

Lafarge Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Cirilo M. Pestaño II said the donation of hygiene kits to the evacuees of the 23-day standoff is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.

Pestaño on Tuesday, October 29 called on Mayor Beng Climaco in City Hall and ceremonially turned over the hygiene kits. In the afternoon of the same day, the mayor joined Pestaño and other Lafarge representatives in the distribution of the items to evacuees at the grandstand.

“We try as much as we can to be of assistance where it is needed to be able to give back to the community even if we do not have a (cement) plant operation in Zamboanga City,” Pestaño said.

He added that the hygiene kits were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the latter to facilitate the distribution to the evacuees. “What is important the evacuees are equitably provided with whatever goods that we have brought in.”

To recall, one of the main issues confronting the evacuees right now is poor health condition resulting in various diseases among primarily among the children due to severe lack of personal hygiene and sanitation at the grandstand.

And Lafarge is one of the private organizations that responded to the dire need for providing hygiene kits to the evacuees in addition to what the city government through the City Health Office and other humanitarian groups had given.

Pestaño said the donation is a work together with Pacific Hardware, which also owns the Joan’s Pharmacy. “They have been guiding us in so far as where to go and what are needed right now to avoid duplication in terms of delivering the goods,” he added.

Lafarge has been operating in the Philippines, primarily in Luzon for over 10 years now. It is a multi-national organization based in France and four of its cement manufacturing plants are in Luzon with one aggregate quarry and one cement terminal.

It also has a grinding station in Davao, and a cement plant in Iligan City that caters mostly to Mindanao and the Visayas markets.— Vic Larato