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Philippine-made cement cited for strong structures amidst calamities.

Cement used in houses, buildings, roads, bridges and other structures in the Philippines will continue to be of the highest quality to ensure their integrity and the safety of their users.

This was the assurance given by the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) in the wake of the string of calamities that recently hit the country.

"Despite the Philippines being a calamity-prone country, we are proud to say that there has never been a complaint that a structure has collapsed because of substandard cement," Ernesto M. OrdoAaAaAeA~ez, CeMAP presiden said.

This is because every bag of cement sold in the Philippines - whether locally manufactured or imported - is required to meet the international American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. The cement must pass stringent testing by Philippine government and private laboratories before it is released into the market. In support of this, CeMAPimplements a Cement Proficiency Testing (PT) Program to make sure that these cement laboratories are qualified to undertake the testing following global best practices.

Known in the global cement industry for conducting the most stringent tests in the world to ensure its members' compliance with the highest international standards, CeMAP recently announced the continuation of its cement PT program, the only one of its kind in Southeast Asia.

"We are determined to uphold our safety record even as the country braces for natural calamities that seem to become more severe every year," OrdoAaAaAeA~ez sai

The association works with the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS), an agency under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to maintain this notable record of preventing substandard cement from being released into the market.

In addition to some 20 typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility each year on average (with eight to nine making landfall), the country also sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire. This is a long horseshoe-shaped seismically active belt of earthquake epicenters, volcanoes, and tectonic plate boundaries located on the fringes of the Pacific basin. For much of its 40,000-kilometer length, the belt follows chains of island arcs of which the Philippines is a part. Volcanoes are associated with the belt throughout its length, which is why it is called the "Ring of Fire."

Thus, the World Bank has identified the Philippines as one of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. It said the Southeast Asian nation's location in the tropics exposes it to multiple natural hazards including typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic activity, floods and drought.


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Sep 22, 2014
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