Davao traders urge DTI to further analyse imported cement, Philippines

Davao traders urge DTI to further analyse imported cement, Philippines
Published: 28 November 2006

The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCCI) urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to further analyse the questionable imported cement from China. Salvador Valbuena, chair of Construction and Real Estate Committee, demanded for the "right amount of sample" of the substandard imported cement so they can have it submitted for "independent analysis" in Singapore.

This developed in the wake of reports the said Chinese cement, which failed in the initial testing by DTI, has passed the second test conducted three months later by the same DTI-accredited laboratory in Manila. The DCCCI wants the sample from the questioned Chinese cement be subjected to a third and final test, preferably by an independent laboratory in Singapore to "settle the issue" arising from the alleged favorable results of the second DTI testing based on the same sample used in the first test which was found to be very substandard in quality.