Local cement producers are promoting the use of blended cement as an attractive option for basic construction material to strengthen or enhance most major infrastructure projects in the country.
The move is also seen as an answer to the strong consumption of cement in the past two years especially last year (2010) which posted the highest annual cement consumption for the country. This is the first time that the previous highest annual demand recorded in 1997 has been exceeded.
Ernesto M. Ordoñez, president of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP), said that blended cement is appropriate for many applications in the country’s burgeoning construction industry.
Noel de la Cruz, a recognized authority on cement testing and the Cement Testing Center’s executive director, strongly recommends blended cement for many of the Philippines’ various construction activities. While Portland cement is used due to its high early strength and is appropriate for other applications, blended cement is utilized because of its durability, performance in severe ambiance, sustainable construction (CO2 emissions) and economics.