Working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, our company has provided residents of the French Village in Daanbantayan in Northern Cebu with disaster-resilient housing. The houses are designed to withstand intensity 8 earthquakes and 275 kilometer per-hour winds, and are set to benefit 74 families, all of them victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
The cement industry is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Traditionally, the cement manufacturing process relies heavily on coal asits main source of fuel. For several years now, however, we have been using sustainable alternative fuels such as rice husk, saw dust, and refuse-derived fuel, substituting our fossil fuel requirements. This switch to sustainable, alternative fuel sources contributes to our continuing efforts to achieve a lower carbon footprint and to help address the solid waste disposal problem in Metro Manila.
Today, we have exceeded our target of 450,000 trees. We continue to take stewardship over these areas, ensuring their maintenance and protection until we turn them over to the government in 2016. The program will continue to provide livelihood for more than 400 families, members of the Peoples Organizations who we partnered with in the implementation of the program. These families will also benefit from the produce of the fruit-bearing trees and other crops planted in our reforestation sites, for years to come.
Tubbataha Ranger Station
The construction of the new Tubbataha Reef Ranger Station in Palawan will begin in the 4th quarter of 2015. To be built with Republic Type V marine cement specifically engineered for saltwater construction, this new state-of-the-art ranger station will replace the aging structure that presently houses the eight rangers tasked to patrol over 130,000 hectares of some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world.
With the help of our partner Micro-Finance Institutions, housing NGOs, and government mass housing contractor partners, Tahanan Ko, our comprehensive affordable housing program, has been able to positively impact the lives of 294,000 Filipinos by providing access to better-designed and better-built homes for the poor and the homeless.