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"Horse" brand cement barred in SOCCSKSARGEN Region

General Santos City (20 October) -- Importation of cement has been making its way in Mindanao. In Region 12, the entry of a 'Conch'-brand cement last July was issued an Import Commodity Clearance after it passed the test conducted by a laboratory accredited by the Bureau of Product Standards.

However, another importation of cement thru the Davao port from China has been declared unsafe after it failed to pass the series of tests conducted by an accredited testing company, Geo Analytics Inc., in Manila. The results of the tests apparently show that the cement imported by the company, Philman Marketing Corporation, had a very high soluble content or it can hardly withstand pressure, making it dangerous to use.

"It has been our policy that before an imported cement be distributed, used and/or sold, it has to pass satisfactorily the requirements of the Philippine National Standard," declared by DTI 12 Regional Director Ibrahim Guiamadel.

To date, the importer of "Horse" fails to really secure a clearance to distribute the product.

Consequently, Guiamadel already instructed the DTI offices in the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani, the city of Cotabato and this city to conduct monitoring and verification of possible existence of the "Horse" brand cement.

He instructed the head of offices to immediately act on any findings out from their respective enforcement operations.

"We already penalized one of the cement retailers here in Gensan which we found selling the said imported Horse cement," said by DTI Gensan Supervising Head, ARD Dorecita Delima.

Delima added that her office already made efforts to negotiate with construction companies or independent contractors not to buy the said sub-standard merchandize.

The DTI here committed their resolve to protect both the businessmen and the consumers. They said that they will track even the smaller peddlers in the city and file case against them if found selling the said cement.

Guiamadel said that Companies behind cement importations should always abide by the law. (dti-12/lj/PIA 12) [top]

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