Industry Issues

Strong private construction sustains Holcim volume growth

First half domestic sales volumes of leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. rose by 16% year-on-year driven by construction projects led by the private sector. Total market growth was estimated at 14%, as the real estate sector continued to roll out various projects in anticipation of strong economic growth.

The company expects a positive full-year forecast, although it maintained that while the first half is a period of high demand, the second half is traditionally slower with the onset of the rainy season. Political and economic developments in the next few months will also be critical as this will influence the market’s ability to sustain performance.

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Ordoñez bats for alternative fuels

Newly elected Asean Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM) president Ernesto M. Ordoñez explains the 2007-2009 AFCM focus on sustainable development at the Sustainable Cement International Conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia, last November 20-22, 2007.

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Study Shows Cement Testing Center Provides Reliable Results

An interlaboratory study conducted recently among 14 local cement laboratories has confirmed that the Cement Testing Center (CTC), only one of two Bureau of Product Standards-accredited laboratories, produces precise test results.

Also accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Bureau of Research and Standards (DPWH-BRS), CTC is the only local cement testing laboratory which participates regularly in the United States-based Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory’s proficiency testing program for Portland and blended cement.

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Envoy asked to look into undervalued cement imports

The Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has requested Philippine Ambassador to Beijing, PRC Sonia Cataumber-Brady to look into the issue of undervalued cement imports flooding some areas of Mindanao.

“We petition the good Ambassador to bring to the attention of the Government of China the unfair practices in the export of their cement to the Philippines,” CeMAP President Ernesto M. Ordoñez said in a letter to Ambassador Brady.

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Cement Industry Promotes Sustainable Construction

In the heart of the Duka Bay Resort Marine Sanctuary in Medina, Misamis Oriental lie the now famous eight-legged structures which have significantly hastened coral restoration and increased fish diversity and quantity in the area.

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CeMAP Raises Concern Over Product Standard Applicability

The Chinese cement shipments imported recently into some areas of Mindanao do not have complete markings specified under Philippine National Standard 07:2005, Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) President Ernesto M. Ordoñez said.

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The Cement Manufacturer’s Association of the Philippines expresses grave concern over the sudden suspension of the One Day Power Sale (ODPS) scheme from May 22-27, 2006 and the more recent suspension from June 4-10, 2006.

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CeMAP Lauds DTI for imposing stricter cement standards

The Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) lauded the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) for upgrading Portland cement standards, saying the move complements CeMAP members’ efforts to protect consumers from substandard cement products.

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Meaningful tariff review sought

(Phil. Daily Inquirer, B-2, May 13, 2005)

The multi-sectoral Fair Trade Alliance (FTA), a broad coalition pushing for trade and economic reforms, is challenging the government to adopt urgent trade reform measures to make the on-going tariff review meaningful to the nation.

FTA lead convenor Wigberto E. Tañada said, “We hope that this time the tariff review leads to the immediate re-calibration of our trade measures which our local industry and agriculture have long been waiting for.”

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Trade alliance seeks tariff recalibration

Phil. Daily Inquirer, B-5, March 3, 2005

(similar story came out in Phil. Star, Manila Bulletin and Manila Standard)

Lead convenor of the multi-sectoral Fair Trade Alliance Wigberto E. Tañada yesterday said he would strongly push for the suspension of the tariff reduction program and seek a selective recalibration of tariff rates in a bid to save domestic industries and the farm sector from a self-destructive tariff regime.

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