A laboratory staff of the Cement Testing Center conducts physical testing on a sample using the compressive strength machine.

The Cement Testing Center (CTC) recently achieved a high 96-percent rating in the area of standard testing procedures, according to a laboratory audit conducted by the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP). Following the PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2000 standards for testing and calibration activities, the audit sought to evaluate the center’s reliability for monitoring cement quality.

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CTC personnel conducting inspection of equipment

Cement Quality Monitoring is a process of gathering representative cement samples using Random Sampling Technique from the cement manufacturers and a range of market sources all over the country. The samples are being coded confidentially to prevent unfairness within the course of testing.

CTC conducts physical and chemical tests of cement samples after being coded to determine compliance with applicable PNS requirements and reporting the results after being decoded to appropriate authorities which is the BPS for necessary actions

Noel dela Cruz

Buriki—the term used to describe the process of adulterating dry goods such as rice, corn, flour, and even cement has become a new evil that requires militancy on the part of consumers and manufacturers alike.

Buriki started in the late 80s at the start of the deregulation era. It affected mostly products in short supply and therefore commanded higher prices. This made it very attractive for nefarious traders, seeking higher returns, to practice buriki.

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An interlaboratory study conducted recently among 14 local cement laboratories has confirmed that the Cement Testing Center (CTC), only one of two Bureau of Product Standards-accredited laboratories, produces precise test results.

Also accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Bureau of Research and Standards (DPWH-BRS), CTC is the only local cement testing laboratory which participates regularly in the United States-based Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory’s proficiency testing program for Portland and blended cement.

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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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