JULY 27, 2015. MANILA, PHILIPPINES: In addition to homes, residents of housing projects under the National Housing Authority (NHA), will also have skills that can put food on the table through a series of free livelihood skills training for basic carpentry from James Hardie Philippines.
Attendees will learn the proper installation of HardieFlex® sheets on steel and wooden frames, correct spacings and right way of cutting and jointing the sheets. Using accessories such as HardieDrive® Screws and HardieFlex™ Putty, participants will learn how to obtain the best results for their work.
The partnership between NHA and James Hardie advocates improving the livelihood of homeowners with basic carpentry skills which will help them improve their skills and even secure a job.
NHA Livelihood Chief B for Southville 3 Housing Project (Muntinlupa) Evangeline Javier was pleased to see the first batch of carpenters actively participating in the workshops. “These workshops can be very helpful to the carpenters, because we are aiming to form a guild of carpenters from the participants. We will have a database of carpenters whom we can commission for our ongoing and future housing projects,” she said. Javier added that the NHA may endorse those who show outstanding skills during the workshops to the construction companies and developers of the institution.
“Our decision to partner with the National Housing Authority echoes our mission to bring forth quality living using fiber cement technology that is, HardieFlex®. As the construction industry starts to evolve by utilizing quality building products, those who learn how to properly install HardieFlex® will have an edge when applying for a construction job,” said James Hardie Philippines Country Manager Mark Sergio.
Workshops were already conducted in Cavite and Rizal. More of these will be conducted at select NHA housing projects for the rest of the year.
“Sa tagal ko nang nagkakarpentero, palagi kong ginagamit ang HardieFlex®. Pero ngayon ko lang nalaman na may mga special HardieFlex® accessories palang ginagamit para mas mapatibay ito,” (I’ve always used HardieFlex® products in my projects but I didn’t know that there are specific HardieFlex® accessories that we should use with the HardieFlex® fiber cement board to make it last longer) said Rikki Bantang, 47.
James Hardie is a highly-respected innovator and market leader in the industry of fiber cement technology and the maker of HardieFlex®, an impact, fire, moisture damage and termite-resistant and asbestos-free fiber cement board. The skilled people at the James Hardie plant in Cabuyao, Laguna have designed HardieFlex® to withstand the Philippine climate making HardieFlex® the most trusted brand by architects.