Philippines: CeMap President calls for greater use of blended cement

Philippines: CeMap President calls for greater use of blended cement
Published: 09 May 2016

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The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has requested that the government to change its policies relating to the use of ordinary Portland cement (OPC) in public infrastructure projects so that the country can achieve its goal of cutting carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

With the support of scientific data signed by respected experts,CeMAP president, Ernesto Ordoñez, said CeMAP is calling for the backing of the Climate Change Commission to further boost its push to promote the use of more blended cement for government infrastructure projects.

In an interview with PhilStar Global, Mr Ordoñez said local cement producers are urging the government to increase the use of blended cement and reduce that of Portland cement which produces more carbon emissions.

“In the Philippines, the private sector uses more than 80 per cent blended cement. The government, on the contrary, does the opposite. They use 80 per cent Portland cement,” he said.

Mr Ordoñez added it is now time for the Department of Public Works and Highways to do away with its old ways and shift to new technologies being used by the local private sector as well as other countries worldwide.

“There is a recommendation to change the policy and they should have a department order for that. There is no need for additional investment or equipment, we just need political will. Just a statement saying we should pursue new technology and do what the private sector is doing,” Mr Ordoñez commmented.

“There is a place for Portland cement even though it’s very bad environmentally. When you need fast-setting cement for tall, tall buildings then you need that. But when you don’t need that, you should use blended because it helps the environment. It’s stronger and cheaper,” he added.