Group slams cement cartel

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A group opposing irresponsible mining urged the Duterte administration to stop the cartel in the cement industry, saying a few firms are actually controlling the price of cement in the market. Kilusan Kontra Katiwalian at Kabulukan secretary-general Rodel Pineda said the Department of Trade and Industry should ask local cement producers to explain the recent surge in its retail prices. Also, the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines can explain the shortage of their product in some key areas in the country, he added. Pineda cited Environment Secretary Regina Lopez who vowed to stop mining that does not help alleviate the condition of the people in the mine sites. Included in the sectors that pose various threats to the environment is the cement manufacturing industry. Mining for limestone imposes great environmental impacts thus the government must maintain continuous monitoring and controlling of process operation to meet the requirements set by the governing agencies like the Environmental Management Bureau and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

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