Rep. Gerald Anthony “Samsam” V. Gullas, Jr. visited on Feb. 23 the manufacturing plant of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) as well the mining and port operations of Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) in San Fernando, Cebu.
The town is part of Cebu first district with the cities of Talisay, Naga and Carcar and the municipalities of Minglanilla and Sibonga that Gullas represents at the House of Representatives of the Congress of the Philippines.
TCPI plant manager Kazuhiko Ichizawa, current senior vice president for operations who will assume by April 1 as president and CEO, personally accompanied the young congressman during the 2-hour visit.
With SEDC director and chief technical adviser Hiroyuki Sakakibara and TCPI vice president for administration Shigeki Koide, he welcomed Gullas and brought him to the executive board room for a briefing about TCPI and SEDC operations.
They brought the legislator first to the limestone quarry operations of SEDC in Tonggo up in the hills behind and overlooking the TCPI plant, then led him to the kiln, central control room and quality testing laboratory at the plant.
They then proceeded to the wharf to observe the loading of vessels in 10 berthing spaces with cement bags for distribution to various points in Luzon, the Visayan islands and Mindanao.
The delegation with TCPI community and general affairs section head Vanessa N. Bongcawil and SEDC human resources and administration manager Mitzie Almira I. Carin returned to the board room where an interactive discussion ensued.
Gullas said he is pleased of what he had learned, giving him a wider perspective of the operations in heavy industries, and expressed gratitude for his constituents for the social development programs both companies have been undertaking.
Ichizawa and Sakakibara reiterated the commitment of the corporations they lead to the growth and development of San Fernando, and the rest of Cebu, and continue to contribute to nation building.
TCPI produces 1.6 million tons of cement a year, filling in some six percent of the country’s annual demand for cement of over 26 million tons a year as of 2016, providing the market with cement brands as Grand Portland, Grand Pozzolan, Grand Premium and Grand Masonry.