Holcim Philippines is encouraging local contractors to shift to blended cement for road building, due to its environmental and performance advantages. The country’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allowed the use of blended cements for road construction since June 2016 but its take-up has been limited. Most roads are still built using ordinary portland cement.
“The [DPWR] order is aligned with Holcim Philippines’ efforts to lower emissions from cement production as part of our overall sustainability commitment,” said William Sumalinog, Senior Vice President for Sales at the company. “Aside from pushing efficiency initiatives, getting our partners to shift to blended cement products is key to meeting our environmental targets.”
Blended cements are not only a more environmentally friends option but also offer the ability to customise the cement’s performance to address specific durability challenges present in sites where structures will be built.
Road building in the Philippines is expected to grow strongly and remain a key driver for cement demand, as the government pursues its ‘Build, Build, Build’ programme of infrastructure development. The DPWH reports that 3945 km of roads have been built by the current administration with more projects underway.
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