New rules on cement labelling out

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    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued the supplemental guidelines on a department order setting the safety and/or quality requirements on cement.

    The guidelines issued by DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez on Oct. 28, 2020, revamps the marking requirements on all locally manufactured and imported cement products shipped in bulk and bagged in the Philippines and in tanner/jumbo bags.

    The labels should bear the type of cement, trade name or brand name, trademark of the manufacturer, net mass of cement in kilogram or metric ton for jumbo/tonner bags, country o f manufacture as well as name and address of the manufacturer.

    All cement bagging facilities shall have the capability or established system to verify conformance of cement products to the applicable Philippine National Standards on a per bagging batch basis.

    The guidelines on Department Administrative Order (DAO) 17-06, Series of 2017 were issued after it was observed that some imported cement products shipped in bulk and bagged in the Philippines are labeled as “Product of the Philippines” that caused confusion amongst the consumers since it is not reflective of the imported products’ country of origin
    Market monitoring and enforcement will be done to ensure that all cement products distributed in the local market bear the new required markings.

    A 60-day transition period will give manufacturers and/or operators of bagging facilities time to take corrective actions.