THE Department of Trade and Industry-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) on Monday released an order allowing Solid Cement Corp. (SCC) to sell all stocks of its trademark product Island Cement after passing all necessary laboratory tests.
The order specifically allows the sale of Island Cement products at its warehouse (palletizer) and at the roto-packer 3 or silo 4 after being proven to comply with the 28-day test for compressive strength.
“As far as we are concerned, they can continue to sell all of their products,” said DTI-BPS director, Jesus Motoomull.
A cease-and-desist order was slapped against Island Cement in August based on allegations it is substandard and did not meet the stringent requirements of the Philippine National Standards for Portland Cement.
Such finding was floated by the DTI-BPS and the Department of Public Works and Highways-Bureau of Research and Standards.
The SCC, however, filed an omnibus motion with the DTI adjudication officer on August 27 to conduct new tests to determine if the product indeed merits a CDO.
Initial results of the three-day and seven-day tests for compressive strength showed Island Cement to be of high quality therefore meriting the lifting of the CDO.
Cement products located at the palletizer and the silo 4 were the ones prohibited by the DTI because the results of the 28-day testing have not been released.
The SCC was also advised that with the decision to allow the company to sell all its cement products comes a mandatory monthly surveillance for the company.
This surveillance, Motoomull said, aims to ensure that all subsequent batches of cement products manufactured by the SCC in its Antipolo plant comply with the requirements.
“It is our policy to conduct frequent product and factory surveillance on products under the BPS Mandatory Certification Scheme that has had products in complying with standards. In the case of Island Cement, a monthly audit will tell us whether future batches of the said cement are consistently complying with the requirements of PNS 07:2002,” Motoomull said.
Motoomull said the BPS recommended to the DTI adjudication officer that the surveillance be done within six months to completely regain market confidence in the Island Cement product.
Meantime, the DTI-BPS director said the case against SCC for allegedly selling substandard products will continue despite the order allowing the sale of its trademark product.
Should the SCC be proven to have sold substandard products, they would charge of violating the R.A. 7394, or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Fines mandated by the law will also be slapped against the company.
By Niel V. Mugas