By BUTCH D. ENERIO, Correspondent
LEADING cement maker, Holcim Philippines, Inc. has identified 46 regional finalists who will compete in the 4th ‘Galing Mason Awards’, the company’s flagship corporate social responsibility program that recognizes the country’s top masons.
The finalists from 16 regions made it to the finals after besting 178 other contestants nominated by reputable organizations and individuals in their respective communities. They were chosen based on their professional accomplishments, employment history, community participation and family relationship.
The regional finalists will now move on to a skills competition, where their masonry proficiency will be assessed as they build a perimeter fence for a public school in Calamba, Laguna. The top scorers per region will then advance to the national finals.
Holcim said in a statement that the 17 national finalists will be awarded P25,000 cash prize, a gift certificate for 20 bags of Holcim cement, a certificate of participation, trophy and a chance to bag the 2013 ‘Galing Mason Awards Grand Champion, which comes with a P150,000 cash prize.
The winner is judged not just one of the best in his trade, but must also be a model citizen and family man.
In the 3rd ‘Galing Mason Award in 2011, Eduardo Latap of Metro Manila and Alejandro Tagle, of Quirino province were the top winners, the first time that two contestants shared the top honors.
Holcim Philippines started the ‘Galing Mason Program in 2004. It aims to recognize masons critical role in helping build structures important for development.
Aside from the ‘Galing Mason Award, the company also holds annual trainings and competitions to help advance the masonry craft and professionalize the trade.
The company conducts the ‘Galing Mason Program in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Philippine Constructors Association and the Association of Construction and Informal Workers.
Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt. The company holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries in all continents.
Holcim Philippines, Inc. is a Philippines-based cement manufacturer and a member of Holcim Group, and is involved in the manufacture, sale and distribution of cement to the domestic and export markets.
The Company produces four cement products: Holcim Excel, Holcim WallRight, Holcim Premium Bulk and Holcim 4X. Its products are sold in bags, jumbo bags and in bulk. Holcim Philippines operates four cement plants in La Union, Bulacan, Misamis Oriental, and Davao. It currently has more than 1,700 employees in the Philippines.