Monthly Archives: July 2004

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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DTI sets appeal of Supreme Court safeguards ruling

(Business World, page 3, July 16, 2004)

Saying a Supreme Court (SC) decision to nullify safeguard tariffs on imported cement undermined the government’s role in ensuring a “level playing field”, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) yesterday said it would launch a legal effort to have the ruling overturned.

Trade Sec. Cesar Purisima told reporters a legal team will review the SC decision penned by Associate Justice Dante O. Tinga.

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Cement makers warn SC ruling to result in layoffs

(By Ayen Infante
Daily Tribune, Page 9, July 15, 2004)

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court (SC) revising a decision of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to impose a safeguard duty on imported cement may result in the displacement of thousands of workers, Philippine Cement Workers Council (PCWC) secretary general Samuel Eslava said.

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Bulacan Cement firms tally P6M for community development
Companies spend on Health, Education, and Livelihood for adopted communities">Bulacan Cement firms tally P6M for community development
Companies spend on Health, Education, and Livelihood for adopted communities

With the unenviable problem of managing the largest provincial population growth rate in the country, Bulacan Governor Josie Dela Cruz has found welcome allies in the companies comprising the local cement industry in Bulacan.

The three Cement Companies, situated in Norzagaray Bulacan namely Republic Cement Corporation, Continental Operating Corporation, and Union Cement Corporation , have poured in approximately 6 Million pesos combined thus far in 2003 for community development initiatives

focusing on the areas of health, education, and livelihood assistance. All three are members of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), which is a member of the global “Cement Sustainability Initiative” coordinated by the World Business Council for sustainable development.

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CTA dismisses SCCC tariff case

(By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Manila Bulletin, B-3, July 7, 2004)

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has dismissed a case filed by Japanese cement importer Southern Cross Cement Corp. (SCCC) against the local cement industry (Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines Inc.), the Department of Finance, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Bureau of Customs saying the company has engaged in forum shopping.

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