Questionable cement import to be tested abroad
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Nov) – To settle if the imported cement bags from China now padlocked by the Department of Trade and Industry here conform with standards, the business chamber here is urging that these be tested in a laboratory in Singapore.
A total of 118,000 bags of the Horse brand cement have reportedly been imported to Davao, but a fourth of the volume have already been sold in local outlets.
Salvador Valbuena, who heads the construction and real estate committee of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), said in a press conference today called by the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) that it is necessary to submit the process to an independent analysis to protect the interest and safety of the buying public.
The move came in the wake of reports that the same laboratory commissioned by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) to test the Horse brand cement last July now allegedly declared the cement to be not substandard.
“How can a laboratory find the cement to have conformed to standards today what it found to be substandard in the past?” Valbuena asked.
He said they need a move “beyond reproach” to put an end to the problem. Read full story here.