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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 “PHILPHOS”. 

         PHILPHOS 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),

Isabel's deep 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 Asia.        

          There 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 Acid Plant     .

          The 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 quality standards.

         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 products.  Its    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 
   

distribution 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.

Farmers 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 . Send comments to fertilizer@philphos.ph