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.

The new standard issued by the Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Product Standards requires cement manufacturers to identify their products with markings which can easily be read and understood by consumers, such as the product quality label and the date of manufacture.

“Look for the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark with the corresponding ICC number of the particular shipment,” CeMAP President Dr. Ernesto M. Ordoñez urged consumers. Customers stand to benefit from the PS and ICC marks as these will provide them with the assurance that the cement they are purchasing has passed quality tests under DTI.

Apart from the quality marks, consumers should also look for the date of manufacture. “With the manufacturing date stamped on the bag, consumers will know exactly when the cement was produced. This will allow them to determine the freshness of the cement, as well as to trace the product easily.”

All cement bags, Ordoñez says, should also be permanently stamped with the following: the brand name, the manufacturer’s trademark, the net weight of cement in kilogram, the colored band at the upper right hand of the bag indicating the type of cement, the label “Product of the Philippines,” or the country of manufacture. For cement shipped in bulk, this information must be stated in the shipping documents.

“These may be a lot of requirements, but these are necessary to protect the consumers. Our members pledge full support and compliance with PNS 07:2005. Consumer welfare and product excellence are among the core principles of the cement industry,” Ordoñez said.

CeMAP members include Northern Cement, Pacific Cement, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc., CEMEX Philippines, Holcim Philippines, and Lafarge Associated Companies in the Philippines.

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