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DTI issues guidelines to implement DAO on cement

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued a memorandum circular on the Supplemental Guidelines for the Department Administrative Order (DAO) 17-06:2017 or The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan.

The Memorandum Circular (MC) 18-09:2018 or the Supplemental Guidelines for DAO 17-06:2017 aims to secure the manufacturer’s and/or importer’s undertaking to perform its duties in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Certificate of Conditional Release issued by the DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS).

The DAO 17-06:2017 or The New Rules and Regulations Concerning the Mandatory Certification of Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan specifies that an importer shall apply for a Statement of Confirmation (SOC) on a per product, per shipment, per Bill of Lading basis prior to its distribution in the market.

“We have issued these supplemental guidelines for DAO 17-06:2017 to strictly ensure that only cement sourced from a manufacturing plant holding a valid PS License, and whose product has successfully passed the requirements of the relevant standard and the BPS Product Certification Scheme are available for purchase of consumers in the market,” DTI-Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo emphasized.

Under the Section 1 of the MC 18-09, a Show Cause Order (SCO) shall be issued to a manufacturer or importer who failed to comply with the legal and technical requirements or whose product/s failed to conform to these requirements. An SCO may include a Cease and Desist Order for the manufacturers/importers to refrain from supplying, distributing, selling or displaying the products until the said SCO is lifted.

The circular also states the degree of non-conformity or non-compliance (NC) of a manufacturer/importer which is classified into four (4) categories: minor, significant, major and, critical non –compliance or non-conformity.

In addition, the MC 18-09 notes that while there are non-conformities that are negligible or non-compliances that are justifiable warranting the application of mere corrective or remedial actions, the amount of bond to be forfeited shall depend on the degree of non-conformity or non-compliance of a manufacturer/importer. For significant non-conformity, 25% of the bond shall be forfeited; 50% for major non-compliance; and, 100% forfeiture of the bond for critical non-compliance or non-conformity.

DTI-BPS Director Engr. James Empeño stressed, “While the DTI allows the importers and manufacturers the option to do pre-shipment testing of cement as stated in DAO 17-06:2017, these supplemental guidelines provide that any violation of the terms of conditions lead to the forfeiture of the posted bond. This is to ensure that only cement products that have undergone proper testing and verification are sold to the consumers.”

The DTI through its Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) subjects 74 critical products and systems, including the Portland Cement and Blended Hydraulic Cement with Pozzolan on its list of products under the mandatory certification scheme that include electrical and electronic products, chemical, consumer and other products, and, other mechanical, building and construction products.

Signed last 06 July 2018, the DTI MC 18-09:2018 or the Supplemental Guidelines for DAO 17-06:2017 was published in the Manila Standard last 02 July 2018 on page A6. This memorandum circular took effect on 11 August 2018, 15 days after its newspaper publication.

For a copy of the Memorandum Circular 18-09:2018, visit the BPS Standards and Conformance Portal at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more info on the said MC, call BPS at (02) 751.4720/4725.

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