Cagayan de Oro City – Three (3) skilled masons from Northern Mindanao region today will compete in the nationwide search for Holcim Mason Awards to be held in Leyte sponsored by Holcim Philippines.

The skilled masons got the high scores during the documentary screening and will vie for the national competition on September 18-25, 2015. They are: Jingle E. Laroscain from Oroquieta City, Jaime Marcellones of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte and Christopher P. Belando from IliganCity.

The Galing Mason Awards is the search for country’s outstanding masons who show tremendous pride in their profession as well as being responsible members of their community. The search started in 2004 and done bi-annually in collaboration with the TESDA.

The finalists in this competition will earn P20,000 in cash and a chance to bag the Galing Mason grand champion award which comes with P150,000 cash prize.

In a statement by the TESDA-X Regional Director Edgar A. Sales, “the Agency is very grateful for our industry partners like Holcim Philippines for its continued recognition of the critical role of masons by holding skills competitions to help advance the masonry craft and professionalize the trade.”

The TESDA continues to link with the private sector including Holcim Philippines in building skilled masons and carpenters cognizant of the impact it can have in boosting the growth of the construction industry.