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Building boom breathes new life into Philippine industries

Materials makers stepping up to meet government's infrastructure ambitions

Eagle Cement is building a new line at its plant near Manila.

MANILA -- Once a regional laggard in manufacturing, the Philippines is now experiencing a boom in its materials sector as a San Miguel-related company and other big names boost output in response to major infrastructure projects announced by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Eagle Cement is adding a third line to its plant to the north of Manila. The expansion, slated to come online at the beginning of 2018, will boost the company's output capacity by roughly 40% to 7.1 million tons a year.

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