Industry Issues

Fair Trade Alliance asks gov’t to focus on needs of domestic industries

(By Marianne V. Go
The Philippine Star – March 1, 2005)

The Fair Trade Alliance (FTA) is urging the government to pay more attention to the needs of local industries.

According to the FTA, other countries take more care in protecting their local industries, unlike the Philippines which may soon turn into a nation of traders.

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Low budget for infra projects worries construction sector

(By Ronnel Domingo
Phil. Daily Inquirer, February 23, 2005)

Local cement makers and constructors are concerned over their viability as the government minimizes spending on infrastructure and tends to rely more on foreign funds for such projects, which require importation of materials from lending countries.

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Cement prices would be higher sans safeguards

(By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Manila Bulletin – February 18, 2005)

The Cement Manufacturing Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) said that had it not for the continued imposition of safeguard duty against imported cement prices of cement would have reached P160 per bag due to soaring production costs, particularly coal.

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Removal of safeguard duty won’t lower prices of imported cement

(By Marianne V. Go
The Philippine Star – February 18, 2005)

Local cement manufacturers warned yesterday that even without the safeguard duty on imported cement, the landed cost of imported cement would still be higher than the current prevailing rate of local cement.

During the recent hearing of the Tariff Commission on the cement safeguard, Rene Sunico, chairman of Fortune Cement, said that the landed cost of imported cement without safeguards would be P160 per bag.

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Cement group defends use of safeguards to protect industry

(By Marianne V. Go
The Philippine Star – January 18, 2005)

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) defended yesterday the use of safeguards to protect/support local industries facing the threat of unfair competition from the influx of cheap imports.

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Shipping dependent industries ailing over rising freight costs

(Published in Daily Tribune, Manila Standard, Manila Bulletin, Today,
Phil. Star and BusinessWorldJan 3, 2004)

The rising costs of shipping services are becoming too heavy for domestic industries, which import raw materials and spare parts, to keep afloat.

Data gathered from the Baltik-Handi Max Index (BHMI) showed prices have started to surge from June this year from about US$13,000 per day to US$22,000 per day this month. BHMI reflects the shipping services costs of handy-max size vessels with loading capacity of 40,000 DWAT to 53,000 DWAT.

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Local cement producers want safeguard tariffs maintained

(By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Manila Bulletin, B-1, September 25, 2004)

Domestic cement manufacturers yesterday pressed for the retention of the safeguards tariff because of the continued external threat posed by imports while the industry is implementing measures to make them competitive.

Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) president Felix Enrico Alfiler stressed this at yesterday’s hearing on the R15.60 per bag safeguard duty imposed on imported cement.

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Cement safeguards more vital than ever, say producers

(By Ronnel W. Domingo
Phil. Daily Inquirer, B-6, September 24, 2004)

A group of cement makers yesterday said that the recent uptrend in the cost of inputs made it more necessary for the government to impose safeguard duties against imports.

Felix Enrico R. Alfiler, president of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines, said in a statement that the upsurge in cost of coal, diesel fuel and electricity, among others, have made it more difficult for members to make the needed adjustments to be more competitive with low-priced imports.

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CIAP reports sharp rise in prices of cement and steel

(By: Marianne V. Go
The Philippine Star, August 27, 2004)

The Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) reported yesterday an alarming jump in the prices of cement and steel following the repeated oil price adjustments, its effect on transportation costs and the closure of two cement firms.

CIAP complained that cement prices have risen as much as 20 percent with a 40 kilogram bag of cement now selling between P160 to P170 per bag from the previous average price of P140 per bag.

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SC cement ruling questioned

(Manila Bulletin, B1, July 22, 2004)

The Fair Trade Alliance, a broad coalition of labor, industry, agricultural and non-governmental organizations, have cited earlier Supreme Court decisions that contradicted its recent decision on safeguard measure against cement imports.

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