By Quimby Mari R. Genota
The competitiveness of research capabilities of the academe lies in the initiatives of the academe members to upgrade their infrastructure and equipment, instruments, tools and techniques. Included in this upgrading is the subscription to good metrology practices.
The Department of Science and Technology, in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University and Regional Development (RDC), organized a seminar to provide background for research staff and professor of SUCs in CALABARZON in the field of Metrology. The ‘Metrology Awareness Seminar: Metrology in the Academe and Research and Development Agencies,” provided the state universities and colleges the basic knowledge and importance of accurate measurement and valid analyses of data presented to customers, last October 24, 2017 at Acacia Hotel, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Manila.
The seminar tackled the importance of good measurement practices among SUCs research laboratories, which could alter or affect the competitiveness of researches conducted in the region. The competitiveness of researches could be affected by the results/reading provided by laboratories, most especially if it a new discovery.
The seminar aims to assert efficient, valid and accurate results of researches which can only be attained through good metrology practices.
Shimadzu Phils. Corporation, Sartorious Lab Products and Services, Chromar Unit-Trade & Fluke Calibration, and Acez Instruments Phils. Corp. are partner and sponsors who lectured on good handling practices and proper documentation of lab test results.
While universities run laboratory tests for different physical quantities, the probability of errors on handling the sample to preparing the tests results are always present, yet inexcusable nor unacceptable, thus, should be avoided.
According to Engr. Manuel M. Ruiz, Head of Electrical Standards Section of the NML, precision and accuracy have been necessary in the field of metrology, where measurement affects almost all human activity. From manufacturing, health and safety, environment, research and development, and trade, metrology facilitates accuracy and precision so every aspect of this human intervention would flow smoothly. This is also highlighted in other four topics: (1) mass measurement and (2) volume measurement by Mr. Kevin Yui and by Mr. Bryan Wong of Sartorious Lab Products and Services and (3) electrical measurement and (4) temperature measurement by Dr. Tran Dang Khoa and Mr. C.K. Ng of Fluke South East Asia Pt. Ltd.
This activity encouraged SUCs to upgrade their research labs’ capabilities and keep up with national standards. DOST CALABARZON Provincial Director and Laboratory Head, Samuel L. Caperiña, briefly highlights DOST CALABARZON Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML) as on-site calibration laboratory measuring length, mass, electrical quantities, temperature, humidity, pressure, and small volume. It sets an example to SUCs as a laboratory that provides accurate and valid results, accredited by an ISO / IEC 17025, and co-operated by an academic body-LSPU Los Baños.
Dr. Emmalou B Yanga, Regional Director of CHED IV-A and Chairperson of RRC, showed her support to the event as she expressed her appreciation to the staff behind the initiative to strengthen CALABARZON research capabilities. She promised to give their all-out support and guidance so SUCs would deliver better and accurate lab results for the consumers. Dr. Freddie Bulauan, Supervisor II of CHED IV-A also graced the seminar.
Dr. Nestor M. De Vera, Director of LSPU, as co-implementer of DOST RML, welcomed the participants and showed his support by bringing four LSPU branches in the seminar.
Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, DOST CALABARZON Regional Directorer, expressed his sincere intention to upgrade the capabilities of SUCs to conduct lab testings and provide better results for researches organized in the region. “I would like to highlight here the significance of valid and accurate measurements that underpin possibly every aspect of our lives. A simple test result you report to customer may be used to perform test, manufacture products and claim outcomes that could affect health, safety, security and economy. The accuracy of measurement standards and traceability can keep our economy competitive and at par with national standards”, Dr. Madrigal to SUCs who attended the seminar.
There are 20 SUCs who attended the seminar: Batangas State University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Southern Luzon State University, Adventist University of the Philippines, De La Salle-Lipa, Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, San Pablo Colleges, LSPU San Pablo, Santa Cruz, Siniloan and Los Baños, Cavite State University, Univesity of Perpetual Help-System-Molino Campus, Marcelino Fule Memorial College, Trimex Colloge, St. Vincent Colleg, First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, and NTC Batangas. Government agencies also attended the seminar: Department of the Interior and Government (DILG IV CALABARZON), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, (BFAR IV CALABARZON), Bureau Plant Industry (BPI); and private entity, Maynilad.
The knowledge provided by the lecturers in are investments and in the future, needs a return. DOST, with LSPU and RDC is expecting that this seminar will urge the SUCs to deliver greater services for their end consumers.