Consumer group nixes reported plan to import cement from Pakistan amid ‘buy local’ drive

consumer group nixes reported plan to import cement from pakistan amid buy local drive

A consumer group has opposed a reported government plan to import cement from Pakistan for the Duterte administration’s infrastructure buildup projects, saying such move is detrimental to the local cement industry, to the country’s economy and to Filipino workers.

“The intention to import $14 million worth of cement from Pakistan clearly shows the government’s misplaced priority,” Lokal Muna-Consumer Protection Watch said in a news statement issued on Tuesday.

“It also shows that the government’s buy local campaign is merely a lip service and just for show to make it appear that it is doing something for local industries,” the statement added.

The group issued the reaction after the Daily Times in Pakistan reported that Philippine Ambassador Daniel Ramos Espiritu told the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) that the country is ready to import an initial $14 million worth of cement for the country’s infrastructure development program.

Espiritu said the quantity of cement would be increased gradually.

“We could not fathom why the government has to import cement despite the capacity of local cement producers to meet the demand for its infrastructure projects,” the news statement added.

The envoy’s pronouncement also goes against the government’s campaign to support local industries and patronize local products as stated in the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA)…

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