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PISI intensifes drive vs substandard rebars

The Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) will intensify its campaign against substandard and unmarked reinforced steel bars (rebars) after it found a new batch of suspect rebars in Central Luzon.

PISI vice president for technical affairs Joel Ronquillo informed the Department of Trade and Industry that substandard rebars had been found in hardware stores in Central Luzon.

Unmarked rebars along with rebars embossed with non-registered logos were also found. PISI President Ronald Magsajo said latest samples were taken by PISI and sent to the Bureau of Philippine Standards which sent them for testing by the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).

Based on MIRDC’s findings, the samples’ lug heights and mass variation did not conform with what the DTI requires to assure the integrity of the rebars for use in construction.

The market for construction markets has shrunk considerably, leading to cutthroat competition that makers of substandard steel products are exploiting. “Some manufacturers and traders are taking advantage of quarantine restrictions and taking shortcuts that ultimately will harm the end-user,” said Magsajo.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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