Check Cement Labels, Buyers Admonished

When buying cement products, it would be wise to check the labels of cement bags to ensure the quality and type of the product.

“This is to avoid problems in the future,” the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) said yesterday.

CeMAP president Dr. Ernesto M. Ordonez said consumers should buy the type of cement that is suitable for their construction needs, adding that there are different types of cement for different types of structures.

“Our members are undertaking an information campaign to provide consumers a better understanding of cement labels. They continue to give full support and compliance to government-imposed standards,” Ordonez said.

Ordonez stressed that knowing and understanding cement bag labels will ensure the consumers that the cement they are buying is suitable for their requirements.

“It is important to look for the Product Quality and Safety mark for domestically produced cement or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark for imported cement. This is to ensure that the cement has passed the quality tests mandated by the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS),” Ordonez said.

Noel Dela Cruz, the laboratory manager of Cement Testing Center, said that local cement bag labels con­form to the government standards.

CeMAP has advised the consum­ers to look for the colored band at the upper right corner of the bag indicating the type of cement, the Product Classification and Specifica­tions (e.g. PORTLAND CEMENT T-I and/or PORTLAND WITH FLY ASH CEMENT, BLENDED CEMENT T-IP), the date of manufacture on the cement bags, the brand name, the manufacturer’s trademark, the net weight in kilograms, and the label “Product of the Philippines” or the country of manufacture.

CeMAP members include CEMEX Philippines, Holcim Philippines, Lafarge Cement Services, Northern Cement, Pacific Cement and Taiheiyo Cement Philippines.


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