METAPHIL BREAKS GROUND FOR WORLD-CLASS MODULAR FABRICATION YARD IN BALAMBANFriday, June 1, 2007
Metaphil started history as it broke ground for a 500 million peso modular fabrication yard in Balamban, Cebu on May 31 in Arpili, Balamban. The 6.5 hectare yard is intended to build fabricated modules for clients all over the world. Fabrication sheds, blasting and maintenance structures and pier facility will soon rise in the area.
Roberto E. Aboitiz, chair and chief executive officer, reminisced on "Metaphil's dream for the last ten years to be part of making Balamban an industrial yard in the Philippines and in Asia." Metaphil commits to provide Balamban with opportunities, trainings and the world market but will need the support of the local officials. REA reiterates "the Aboitiz Group's complete trust in Balamban".
Alex Binghay, mayor of Balamban, further reminisced on "Balamban as just wilderness and now has world-class shipyards of Tsuneishi and FBMA." In behalf of the local officials, Mayor Binghay assured support to Metaphil and the Aboitiz Group.
Nap Pe, president and chief operating officer of Metaphil, enjoined everyone to take the step as the event was a "beginning of a journey towards making Metaphil a preferred world supplier of fabricated modules."
The proud moment was shared by top officers from Tsuneishi, FBMA and CIPDI, team leaders of Metaphil and local officials of Balamban, Cebu. Present were Kenji Kawano and Watadani of Tsuneishi, Doug Border and Steve Ashcroft of FBMA and Andoni Aboitiz of CIPDI. Metaphil was full-force with several team leaders present.
Indeed, the groundbreaking ceremony of the modular fabrication yard is another milestone as Metaphil continues to put the Philippines in the world map.