In 2013, the Philippine construction industry lost 66,000 operational days due to cases of occupational injury which resulted to temporary incapacity to work.
Republic Cement already recorded 4.5 million safe man-hours for its expansion projects in Bulacan, Batangas, and Iligan.
Republic Cement gathered over a thousand workers from its project sites to rally them towards the achievement of 5-million safe man-hours.
In 2013, data from the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows that the Philippines lost as much as 66,000 operational days due to cases of occupational injury, which resulted to temporary incapacity for work.
In light of the Philippines’ “Build, Build, Build” program, Republic Cement calls for safety in its own construction projects, with 4.5 million safe man-hours recorded for all of its expansion projects in Bulacan, Batangas, and Iligan. This entails that no lost-time injuries or fatalities had taken place within the said timeframe.
To further reinforce safety in its construction sites, Republic Cement gathered over a thousand construction project workers at Republic Cement’s Norzagaray Plant Dome for its “Go for 5M!” Safety Rally.
Aboitiz Construction, Inc., AECOM, BetonBau Phil., Inc, DAL Elektrik Otomasyon, and CME Technology Phil., Inc. were among Republic Cement’s contractors represented during the said event that aims to motivate Republic team members and project contractors to “go for 5 million safe man-hours.”
“Safety is not a punishment. It’s not a punishment to wear your helmet, boots, or harness. It’s a gift of life—the life of your fellow workers and of your family,” shared Aboitiz Construction, Inc. Project Lead Roy Ruedas in his speech.
Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Legends Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codiñera also delivered inspirational messages to the construction project workers, sharing how the principles they learned in basketball also apply to construction.
“With any athlete, if there is no discipline, you cannot go far,” said Jerry Codiñera, highlighting the importance of discipline in keeping team members safe. He also mentioned the importance of having good communication skills, in order to avoid accidents while on the job.
Alvin Patrimonio talked about staying healthy in order to perform well at work, as well as the importance of following rules.
“Kayang kaya ang 5 million (safe man-hours). Kaya ang 8 million and 10 million if we know how to follow rules,” said Patrimonio.
The program concluded with an oath-taking, affirming everyone’s commitment to keep safety top of mind in the conduct of the construction projects, while having regard for quality and on-time completion. Wristbands were distributed to symbolize this commitment.
Aside from its own construction sites, Republic Cement has also rallied players in the construction industry to work together towards building a safety culture in the sector, through the establishment of the “Republic Contractors Safety Guild” in 2018.
“The construction site is a dangerous place, especially if we don’t have a strong safety culture. We’re very proud of this accomplishment, and we are glad to have our employees and contractors on board in our commitment to safety. Together, we can build a safe environment, where people can go home to their families at the end of the day. Together, we can build a stronger Republic!” said Republic Cement Services, Inc. President Nabil Francis.
Republic Cement executives, together with PBA Legends Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codiñera, raise palms in support of the rally to reach 5 million safe man-hours.