Philippines: Three of the Philippines' largest cement manufacturers have offered to waive their exemption from inspection procedures for cement imports, which are currently required only from companies that just import cement. They sent a joint letter to the Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez via Ernesto Ordonez, president of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines on 24 August 2017. In the letter, Taiheiyo Cement, Cemex and Republic Cement state that they are willing to undergo the same shipment inspection procedures as the traders. Ordonez said the offer was aimed at fostering industry harmony and ensuring adequate supply for the Duterte government's infrastructure push.
However, Atty Vic Dimagiba, president of consumer group Laban Konsyumer, said it was misleading for Ordonez to say that the cement firms have offered to waive their import shipment privilege because the Bureau of Product Standards of the DTI has already come up with a draft Department Administrative Order that will require all cement importers to undergo inspection procedures regardless of the company’s status. Existing legislation had come under fire as it allowed double standards.