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Alsons firm gets free fuel from oil spill

August 31, 2006

THE oil sludge to be collected from the coastal waters off Guimaras Island will be shipped to Misamis Oriental in southern Philippines where it will be used for the production of cement, Defense chief Avelino Cruz said Thursday.

In a news briefing, Cruz said that on Sunday, a Light Cargo Tanker contracted by Petron Corp. and the Philippine Coast Guard would dock at an abandoned pier in Guimaras to collect the oil sludge.

“It (LCT) has a capacity of 2,000 metric tons and it will barge out (the oil sludge). Five dump trucks will be delivering the oil sludge into the barge for it to be delivered to Holcim cement in Misamis Oriental so that these oil sludge can be burned as fuel for making of cement,” said Cruz, who also chairs government’s Task Force Guimaras.

In its web site, Holcim Philippines Inc. claims to be the leading cement manufacturer in the Philippines, employing 1,400 employees in four plants across the archipelago.

It operates in four major plants – one in La Union, another in Bulacan, a third in Davao City and the Lugait Plant in Misamis Oriental. These plants account for a total installed clinker production capacity per year of 7.2 million metric tons and annual cement production capacity of 8.7 million metric tons.

(Click GMA News for the full story, Aug. 31, 2006. )

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OH guess who owns Holcim Cement? You have three chances. Give up?

While it is a global brand based in Europe, Holcim in the Philippines is a partnership between Union Cement Corp. (Hi Cement Corp., Davao Union Cement Corp. and Bacnotan Cement Corp.) and Alsons Cement Corp. The latter is owned by Petron chair Nick Alcantara’s family. Nick Alcantara is also a director of several firms under the Alcantara Group of Companies: Alsons Corp., Conal Corp., Alsons Insurance Brokers Corp., Saranggani Agricultural Co., Inc., Alsons Aquaculture Co., Inc., Alsons Development & Investment Corp., Alsons Land Corp., C. Alcantara & Sons, Inc., just to name a few.

For more on Holcim, click here and for Nick Alcantara’s resumé, click PSE form.

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