No cement shortage

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    Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (Cemap) assured sufficient supply in Bicol region, Isabela and Cagayan which are expected to rebuild following the destruction of the recent typhoons.

    In a statement, Cemap said there will be zero shortage of cement products in these areas as member- companies “are finding ways to work around logistical challenges due to damage on roads and infrastructure in said region and provinces.”

    Citing news reports, Cemap said typhoon “Rolly” affected 90 percent of households in the Bicol Region, with more than 137,000 houses damaged in Albay and Catanduanes. In the worst hit province of Catanduanes alone, the super typhoon affected 35,000 families, destroyed 10,000 houses and severely damaged 19,000 others. Typhoon Ulysses further damaged more structures and houses.

    Cemap said in Region 2, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported that damage caused by the onslaught of the typhoon to infrastructure reached P5.914 billion.

    The need to rebuild and repair will result to an increased need for constructions materials, including cement, in Regions 2 and 5.