By  SONNY B. VILLAR                          JUNE 24,  2015

The MOA signing  attended by the respective barangay chairmen comprising the host and neighboring communities and Representing essentially the whole municipality of Angono, Province of Rizal.

Training Center offers free courses on Information Technology and an Institute for the Enhancement of Quarry and Plant Site Safety, Operational Efficiency and Innovation in Mining Technology (Rizal Quarry Academy) simultaneously inaugurated in Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City under the auspices of Solid Cement Corporation – CEMEX Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) for CY 2015.

Funded mostly through the second phase five (5) – year Social Development and Management Program implementation of Solid Cement Corporation (SCC)-CEMEX and part of the approved project for the current year, a newly built building was inaugurated on June 15, 2015 to be utilized primarily as a training center offering free courses on information Technology (IT) for Out-of-School Youths (OSY) along with an institute for the continuing technical development of the quarry industry.   It was opened officially by the project beneficiary to the community of San Jose in Antipolo City, Rizal. The event was warmly received by various stakeholders and considered a milestone for SCC as it was graced by the Country President of CEMEX Philippines, Mr. Pedro Palomino, along with other top officials of the company.   The Hon. Chairman Felicito A. Garcia led Barangay San Jose with full support from all the councilors and the rest of barangay staffs.  Other notable guests who attended the ceremonies were from the Eastern Rizal Miners Association (ERMA) led by its President. Ms. Angelita I. Lee, officials from the Antipolo City government and from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region IV-A led by Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas together with Mr. Dondi M. Sarmiento and Mr. Sonny B. Villar.


in Aggregates, Sand and Gravel, Cement, Silica, Limestone or Marble production.  The operationalization of the Rizal Quarry Academy will be a joint undertaking by SCC-CEMEX and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office IV-A.  Possible big funding to be infused by MGB IV-A in 2016 will cover computer hardware and software (Surpac) including provision for allowances to TESDA personnel.

Fully furnished information technology training center in two sections.

To ensure the continuity of the Academy, the operational funding would also be sourced from the allocation for the Development of Mining Technology and Geosciences (DMTG) from all operating mining companies in Rizal Province which is equivalent to ten (10) percent of their previous year operating cost. The Rizal Quarry Academy aims to train and educate to the best of the Mining Standards, all those interested to learn starting with the current pool of mine employees and service contractors and eventually to those who wish to be employed in the mining industry.

dsc01249The information technology training center is envisioned not only to help generate livelihood especially for the Out-of-School Youths but also raise local awareness on the proper usage of modern technology for the general welfare of the community. The courses to be offered were sourced and to be conducted by the provincial branch of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The project was accordingly completed on time and costs in total of Php 3 Million pesos.

The project entailed the construction of a two floored concrete building structure which were later furnished with computers and related devices and occupied the ground floor which presently houses the   I. T. center. Even though the downward slope of the lot area, a basement structure was made available and this space was reserved for the Rizal Quarry Academy.


The venue for the Rizal Quarry Academy was likewise finished and is presently being readied with the proper instruction tools and conveniences for its eventual operationalization. The training courses to be offered are geared towards the the continuing improvement in the various disciplines involved in the non–metallic mining or quarrying  operations for the entire Province of Rizal be it

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