The “Information, Education, and Communication” (IEC) is an essential component of the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). The SDMP is the comprehensive plan of Republic Cement Teresa Plant towards enhancing the development of host and neighboring mining communities through participatory and empowering programs and activities. Through IEC, the company aims to bring greater public awareness and understanding about responsible mining as well as the initiatives of the Plant on Health and Safety, Environment, and Social Development.
As part of its IEC program, the company conducts community education sessions in the barangays of Teresa to disseminate information and discuss responsible mining, geosciences, cement manufacturing, and sustainability.
Residents from Barangay Calumpang Sto. Cristole learned about the cement manufacturing process from Production Manager Jeffrey Dolor.
The sessions were conducted in the barangay halls and multipurpose halls of our host and neighboring communities namely Prinza, Dulumbayan, Calumpang Sto. Cristo, and Dalig. The engaging discussions drew the elderly, women, health workers, and other sectors in the community who also actively shared their views and experiences about Republic Cement’s quarry and plant operations, environmental initiatives, and community development efforts.
The residents along C5 road, consisting mostly of farm workers and families of contractors, also attended a similar activity. The said road accommodates huge trucks having transactions with the Teresa Plat. Some of the concerns identified in the area include the segregation of mobile equipment and pedestrians and adequate accommodation for truck drivers and helpers during the waiting time. To help mitigate the risks, the IEC Team of Teresa Plant conducted a learning session on safety, particularly on mobile transport and the commitments of the company in investing on the safety of our stakeholders.