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Awards. SEDC executives flank DENR-7 RED Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. with the two Gawad Tugas honors they received during the 2021 awarding at Marco Polo Hotel, from left: Director Motohiro Tonsho, technical adviser Masatsune Takeyasu, President Dennis B. Tenefrancia and port operations manager Engr. Cris V. Nuez.

SEDC earns honors again for ‘Responsible Mining’

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Also for Clean Air & Water at the port

CEBU CITY (July 1, 2021)Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) earned a grand slam this year when it earned last night two major awards in the 6th Gawad Tugas Award for “Responsible Mining” and for keeping “Clean Air and Water” at the port it operates.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gave the company both recognitions for “having displayed and demonstrated innovation, ingenuity and significant milestones in environment protection, conservation and management.”

The honor came as a “three-peat” for SEDC having earned the same award in the non-metallic category in 2017 and 2019, the latter a “back-to-back” award with 2021 as there was no awarding last year when pandemic started.

It was the first for the company in the port facilities category. Its primary client, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI), in also earned the 2018 Gawad Tugas Award for responsible mining but in the mineral processing category.

SEDC president Dennis B. Tenefrancia and director Motohiro Tonsho received the award for mining, while port operations manager Engr. Cris V. Nuez and technical adviser Masatsune Takeyasu received the award for the port.

DENR-7 regional executive director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. handed the awards during the ceremonies at Marco Polo Hotel with assistant regional directors Trinidad “Nene” C. Etulle and Charlie E. Fabre.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-7) regional director Armando L. Malicse joined in handing the ward for mining, and Environment Management Bureau (EMB-) regional director Lormelyn E. Claudio for clean air and water.


In his message, Tenefrancia accepted the awards “with great pride and gratitude” as he thanked DENR for the “humbling recognition and unwavering support.”

Earning two major awards for the first time and at the same time was “very special and memorable,” he added.

“We are deeply honored and more inspired to work even harder to fulfill our long-term goals and commitments to achieve great things especially in environmental protection and conservation and promotion of sustainable development,” he said.

He dedicated both awards to all SEDC employees “whose hard work, sacrifices, innovation and ingenuity have culminated into these recognitions.”

TCPI CEO Yoshihito Izawa, who has just assumed his role as company president, congratulated the company’s primary supplier of earth materials and port services provider for its achievement.

“We are very proud of you,” he said.