DTI issues new guidelines for portland and blended hydraulic cement mandatory certification

  • July 13, 2017

DAVAO CITY, July 13 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), issued the new guidelines for mandatory certification of Portland and blended hydraulic cement with Pozzolan.

The DTI Department Administrative Order (DAO) 17-05:2017 is specifically issued for the mandatory certification of Portland cement and blended hydraulic cement with Pozzolan covered by PNS 07:2005 and PNS 63:2006, respectively.

It states that only those sourced from foreign cement manufacturing plants holding a valid Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety Certification Mark License shall be given permission to enter the Philippine market. 

Under DAO 17-05:2017, Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) shall be required for all cement importations except those imported by cement manufactures with an operating Integrated Cement Plant/s (ICP) in the Philippines, provided that the imported cement was sourced from a foreign-based manufacturer holding a valid PS License and bears the same brand reflected in the local PS license certificate of the importer-manufacturer. 

Following this new set of guidelines, the regional and provincial offices of DTI shall receive and process application for PS license/ICC certificate for cement, but BPS will be the one to do the necessary evaluation. 

If the application is exempted, the local DTI offices shall issue the certificate of exemption.  Issuance of Conditional Release for all products by BPS or DTI regional and provincial offices is reinstated pursuant to DAO 05:2008 and its implementing guidelines.

Furthermore, it states that PS applications shall be filed by a business entity; if a corporation/partnership, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and with DTI if a sole proprietorship.

Meanwhile, foreign-based manufacturers are required to file their application through their local branch or representative office/representative agency duly registered in accordance with Philippine Laws. 

DAO 17-05 elaborates that for ICC applications, all cement importers must be registered with SEC or DTI prior to receiving cement import shipments at the port of entry with a minimum paid in capitalization of P20 Million for SEC-registered companies and a surety bond of 10 percent of the declared value per ICC application. 

In the meantime, sampling for PS license holders shall be conducted at least once a year on a per type, per brand basis, either at the production, warehouse area, or at the point of sale.  For ICC, samples shall be drawn in the Philippines either from the port of entry area, importer’s declared warehouse, or silo.

“DTI is committed to ensure public safety, traceability and accountability by meeting with DTI’s Regional Operations Group (DTI-ROG) and the cement industry to present and discuss the new guidelines for the mandatory certification of Portland and blended hydraulic cement with Pozzolan,“ DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Lawyer Teodoro C. Pascua said. 

For traceability and verification purposes, the imported and/or manufactured product subject to the application shall contain the following markings:

For Portland cement: name and address of manufacturer, name and address of importer, if applicable, country of origin, type of portland cement, trade name or brand name, trademark, net mass of cement in kilogram, PS mark, batch identification number and manufacturing date intelligible to the consumers, and red color band with dimensions prescribed by PNS 07.

For Blended hydraulic cement with Pozzolan: name and address of manufacturer, name and address of importer, if applicable, country of origin, product classification, specification and application prescribed by PNS 63, trade name or brand name, trademark, net mass of cement in kilogram, PS mark, batch identification and manufacturing date intelligible to the consumer, bright yellow color band with dimensions as required by applicable PNS.

“With this DAO out, DTI’s monitoring and enforcement activities will be intensified to fight the proliferation of non-conforming products in the market, ensuring that the cement sold in the local market is safe for all consumers,” DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said. 

Copy of the Department Administrative Order DAO 17-05:2017 can be downloaded from the BPS Standards and Conformance Portal at www.bps@dti.gov.ph.

For more info on the said DAO and other consumer-related concerns, anyone may visit DTI-Davao Regional Office at 4F Mintrade Realty Building, corner Monteverde and Sales Streets, Davao City. They may also call landline number (082) 224-0511 local 417 (Consumer Protection Division). (DTI11/WDG/jmm)

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