The Philippines is a naturally rich archipelago blessed with abundant fertile
land available for farming making agriculture a principal contributor to our
national economy. Our government
has implemented numerous programs to help farmers increase their yields and
keep them updated with the latest agricultural technology.
One of the government’s biggest industrial projects geared towards
agriculture was the establishment of the country’s largest phosphatic
fertilizer manufacturing complex: “THE
PHILIPPINE PHOSPHATE FERTILIZER CORPORATION” or
was originally established in 1980 by the National
Development Company (NDC), a Philippine Government Corporate Investment
Fund. In 1981, the project became
a joint venture between the Philippines and the Republic of Nauru, a Central
Pacific Island Republic which is a major source of phosphate rock.
Construction of the plant started in the same year by a consurtium of
four major contractors; Coppee Lavalin of Belgium, Dragados
y Construcciones of Spain, Mistsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan
and the Philippine National Construction Company. It was then completed in 1984
and by 1987 commercial operations was initiated. In late November 2000, the
country privatized the company through a sale of its shares to private
Philippine Investors led by Delphi Holdings.
This led the JOSE ALVAREZ GROUP to take charge. Today, under
the new management Philphos still continues to maintain its high quality
standard of manufacturing, storage, distribution and marketing.
The Philphos plant complex covers an area of 128 hectares within the
435-hectare Leyte Industrial Development Estate (LIDE) in
Isabel Leyte. Aside from the response to government's call to disperse
industries outside of Metro Manila, LIDE was chosen as the site of the plant
because of its inherent advantages which include abundant energy supply (due to
its proximity to the Geothermal Power Plant in Tongonan, Leyte),
natural harbor and its ideal location in the central region of the
country providing the company with logistics benefits in distributing its
products around the Philippines and South East
are five process plants in the complex, each using the most advanced
technology and the latest in instrumentation available in the market:
The NP/NPK Fertilizer Granulation Plant; The
Ammonium Sulfate Plant; The Phosphoric Acid
Plant;The Calsul Sulfuric Acid Plant
and The New Molten Sulfur Sulfuric
entire stages of the manufacturing processes are closely monitored by
engineers and technicians of each plant generating products which have gone
through rigid tests and analysis to conform to the highest international
The Philphos plant is also equipped with one of the most modern port complexes
in the country. It has a deep
natural sea front making it ideal for shipping raw materials and finished
wharf serves both domestic and international
vessels and/is complete with loading and unloading facilities that can handle
over three million tons of cargo a year.
With these facilities and the
network of more than 60 distributors and over 2,000 dealers nationwide,
Philphos assures farmers all over the nation of a constant supply of
fertilizers for their rice, corn, sugarcane,
vegetables and other crops.
are not just provided with fertilizers; Philphos is in constant consultancy
with them and has even established the Extension Services Program which
includes plant visits, demonstration farms, seminars and lectures that teach
farmers the latest and prompt technologies, thus, improving their skills and
making them more knowledgeable.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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