CeMAP related news, articles and other press releases

What to look for when buying cement?

When buying cement products, consumers must check the cement bags first to ascertain that they bear important markings specified under Philippine National Standard (PNS) 07:2005, the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) advised.

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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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Innovative Concrete Solutions

Longer lasting structures that cost less to maintain, lower construction costs for tall buildings, superior finishes for architectural surfaces — all these features and more are the latest innovations in the concrete industry.

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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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Cement companies help rebuild lives of landslide victims

When a landslide devastated the farming village of Guinsaugon in St. Bernard,  Southern Leyte,  local and international groups wasted no time responding to the immediate needs of the thousands of affected residents.

Among those who were quick to launch relief operations were members of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP).  Under their individual corporate social responsibility programs,  Cemex Philippines,  Holcim Philippines and Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. offered much-needed support to thousands who were left homeless by the sea of mud that virtually wiped out the village.

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The Concrete Choice

Whether it’s paving a small side street or building a country’s complex highway system, engineers have major considerations to keep in mind. Among the most pressing concerns are how they can make roads safer for drivers and stronger for heavy transport, which material to use to make the roads last longer and, of course, how to get the best value for the money they spend.

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Studies validate energy, environment savings from concrete

Manila Bulletin, September 27, 2005, B-13
(Similar story came out in Manila Standard Today)

International studies have confirmed various energy and environment conservation features of concrete pavements.

The study conducted by the National Research Council of Canada showed that heavy vehicles traveling on concrete roads and highways can realize as much as 11% savings in fuel costs compared to asphalt roads.

The study further boosts the significance of results of a socio-economic impact study of concrete highways prepared by KPMG Consulting in British Columbia which showed that concrete pavements also results in millions of dollars worth of savings for taxpayers.

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Cement Testing Center marks 25th year

Manila Bulletin, B-11, June 16, 2005
(similar story also came out in Business World and Daily Tribune)

In this age when most construction projects involve concrete mix, the quality of cement can spell boom or doom for project proponents, government regulators, cement manufacturers and the consuming public. A slight variance in quality can mean collapsed buildings and houses, ruined bridges, damaged roads, and precious lives lost.

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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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Cement firms set up own power plants to save on costs

(Malaya, B-10, May 26, 2005)

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines reported that the industry is improving energy by setting up its own power plants.

The industry can’t do less since fuel and power account about 50 to 80 percent of production cost.

CeMAP president felix Alfiler said the industry is becoming showcase of creative solutions to the energy problem in the country.

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