Consumer group raises concern over cement testing

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Posted at Oct 19 2017 10:46 AM

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MANILA - A consumer group on Thursday asked the Department of Trade and Industry to reconsider an upcoming order, which it said could weaken quality controls over cement.

The order will allow the release of imported cement to the market even as tests have not been finished, Philippine Product Safety and Quality Foundation director Ernie Ordoñez told ANC's Market Edge with Cathy Yang.

"Getting back cement is not like getting back a car. Cement is in buildings, in houses," Ordoñez.

Addressing Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Ordoñez said, "We trust in his wisdom. He will do for consumer welfare what he’s doing for investors which is doing a great job."

Trade assistant secretary Ernesto Perez said the department would take into consideration the cement industry's concerns. He said an additional testing center for cement and steel may be built in Parañaque.

Cement demand is expected to increase as the government moves to build P8 trillion in new infrastructure under President Rodrigo Duterte's "build build build" program.