Sunday 23 February, 2020

Bull Bay residents welcome block-making machine from Carib Cement

Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural, Juliet Holness (centre) joined Carib Cement General Manager Yago Castro (right) and Carib Cement chairman Parris Lyew-Ayee (2nd right) at the recent handover ceremony.

Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural, Juliet Holness (centre) joined Carib Cement General Manager Yago Castro (right) and Carib Cement chairman Parris Lyew-Ayee (2nd right) at the recent handover ceremony.

Caribbean Cement (Carib Cement) Limited recently donated a block-making machine to a social enterprise project in Bull Bay, St Andrew.

The Rockfort-based company also funded training for 11 men and seven women in the theory of block making. The group was also trained to operate the DongYu Model QT 4-25 block-making machine.

Carib Cement General Manager Yago Castro said this initiative is similar to social programmes implemented by CEMEX, Carib Cement’s parent company in Mexico and Colombia.

“We at Carib Cement have long worked closely with Bull Bay in support of educational, environmental and employment programmes. We hope this initiative will be equally effective in Bull Bay,” Castro said.

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Member of Parliament for the area, Juliet Holness expressed delight at the donation and training for residents.

“It is my personal joy to see CEMEX and Carib Cement come into the community and to not just be present, but to be actively involved in the development of the community,” she said.

Holness added: “They have employed locally and trained locally.”

Carib Cement Safety Manager Andre Nelson noted that the set-up and handing over of the machine had been conducted with zero incidents or accidents, in line with the company’s “Zero for Life” safety philosophy.

“We know that incidents and hazards lead to accidents, and accidents may be fatal, so we seek to eliminate hazards through carefully following procedure,” he said.

The concept for the project, which aims to provide capacity-building and other entrepreneurial skills to youth, began in 2016 with work beginning in 2017. The process of acquiring the machine, electricity supply, water was followed by the commissioning of the machine in last year.

Carib Cement has invested more than $300 million in CSR across the country between 2016 and 2019.

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