A national consumer group has raised a red flag against the proliferation of substandard cement products in the country.
Laban Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) has warned the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Philippine Standards to monitor the entry of substandard cement products reportedly already being sold in the regions.
LKI President Victorio Mario Dimagiba is proposing a joint sampling and testing of imported cement from Vietnam together with local cement manufacturers and importers.
Dimagiba said they are coordinating with LKI members in the regions to monitor the sale and movement of imported cement products.
In Cagayan de Oro, LKI has linked up with local consumer group Konsumanteng Kagay-anon on monitoring the allegedly substandard cement imports.
Inquiries conducted by KKI with the DTI Region X office and the Cagayan de Oro City Price Control and Coordinating Council have so far unearthed no reports of substandard cement products being distributed in the region.
However, industry players confirm the presence of cheap imported cement brands which are reportedly being distributed by big-time traders for some time now.
“This is a matter of the quality of cement and safety. Substandard cement and low quality can lead to many disastrous accidents for our consumers,” Dimagiba stressed.
LKI earlier asked the DTI Standards Office investigate news reports on the alleged importation of substandard cement from Vietnam being manufactured by small and medium-sized cement factories using obsolescent technologies to supply big time traders at prices which are even lower than Filipino cement manufacturers.
A local cement manufacturer asked by KKI admitted they were aware of and monitoring the situation but could not share information on their findings since these were confidential.
Recently, DTI issued a certificate of recognition to LKI as a consumer organization LKI is a regular member of Consumers International. (KKI)