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Consumer group seeks DTI intervention on alleged low quality cement inported from vietnam

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LKI 16th Press Statement

April 9, 2019


In light of  the Global news reports and news items picked up by the local press recently, the consumer group  Laban Konsyumer Inc. wrote the DTI Bureau of Philippine Standards on April 2, 2019 and proposed joint sampling and testing of imported cement from Vietnam  in collaboration with the local plants and importers .

The group continues to do checks and inventory around the country looking for cases of substandard cement coming in from Vietnam or elsewhere at this time. LKI member in Cagayan de Oro , Mr . Mike Banos ,   continues to work with the regional DTI office and  City Price Control and Coordinating Council in Cagayan de Oro city  as well as industry players to check and evaluate if the substandard cement from Vietnam is finding its way into the different cities and provinces of the Philippines. The group is on high alert regarding  the reported   low quality cement.

 Vic Dimagiba, LKI President  said “this is a matter of quality of cement and safety. Substandard cement and low quality can lead to many disastrous effects on our consumers.” 

The group wrote the DTI Standards Office to counter and negate the  news report which said that  “it is alarming that cement being exported by Vietnam to countries like our own are of poorer quality. It is especially worrisome when we found out that smaller and medium-sized cement producers in Vietnam use old technology such as shaft kilns in producing cement and sell such products to pure importers in the Philippines at prices below the cost of production of domestic cement manufacturers.”

Dimagiba said “we continue to seek  DTI BPS to act on the low quality of cement from Vietnam”. DTI BPS Director James Empeno acknowledged receipt of the LKI initiative and shall set coordination among the stakesholder as of press time .

Recently, DTI  issued certificate of recognition to LKI  as a consuumer organization at  the local level . LKI is a full menber of the Consumers International.

For any inquiries or concerns, you may reach LKI President Vic Dimagiba at 0917-812-5546. Visit our updated website at