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Republic Cement turns over Mindanao cement and hollow-block making livelihood kits to its beneficiary organizations representing communities in Marawi. (PR)

Cement firm launches initiatives to build a stronger Marawi city

Republic Cement launched “Mindanao”, a special line of cement to help ensure that supply is ready for the incoming construction requirements to rebuild Marawi.

This was held during the “Kawiyagan-Biyaya ng Pagbabago” livelihood turnover activity, wherein the Aboitiz Foundation, together with Pilmico and Republic Cement, launched a number of sustainable livelihood programs for the residents of Sagonsongan Transitory Site.

Mindanao is a blended cement Type 1P conforming to Philippine National Standards, exclusively manufactured for “Bangon Marawi” efforts.

The product is less prone to thermal cracking, making it suitable for tropical weather conditions.

Furthermore, the product is easy to apply and is compatible with commonly used admixtures, lending it flexibility to be used with other materials.

The conflict at Marawi has left many Filipino families wanting for decent shelter and struggling to regain a sense of normalcy and dignity. Ground Zero is left in shambles, and in dire need of rehabilitation and rebuilding.

“The development of Mindanao coincides with our thrust for nation-building. Our objective is to build stronger homes and stronger structures for a stronger Marawi,” said Republic Cement Services, Inc. President Nabil Francis.

Apart from promoting quality and locally-made building materials for the rehabilitation of Marawi, Republic Cement donated hollow-block making kits for four cooperatives, namely May Ginhawa sa Ambolong Producer Cooperative, Guimba Hollowblock Producer Organization, Tapukan Farmers Movement for Progress and Concord Inc., and the Kapamagogopa Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Technical training will be provided to said groups on hollow-block making and product application.

The company has also pledged 1,000 bags of Mindanao cement for the rebuilding of structures within Marawi.

The donation is expected to open up employment opportunities for the Maranaos, especially in the communities where displaced families are returning and where rebuilding is taking place.

“Many families and communities have been displaced, with devastated homes and no livelihood to return to. Now is the time to rebuild. More than cement supply, we want to help the displaced citizen of Marawi to rebuild their lives,” Francis added. (PR)



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