1st National Quality Infrastructure Forum Successfully Held

“A well-defined, coordinated, effective and internationally-recognized NQI is vital for the Philippines to produce quality goods and services that will be competitive in the domestic and foreign market”

The PhilMSTQ hosted the 1st National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) Forum with the theme: National Quality Infrastructure:  Catalyst for Global Competitiveness on 22 September 2017 at the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

The Keynote Speaker, DTI Undersecretary  for Consumer Protection Group and the Public Sector Co-chair of the National Competitiveness Council Working Group on NQI, Teodoro C. Pascua, gave an insight on competitiveness of Philippine products and service.

Ms. Ann Fernando, Trade and Industry Specialist of the Bureau of Philippine Standards; Ms. Perla F. Baje, Manager of Laboratory Accreditation Division of the Philippine Accreditation Bureau and Engr. Manny Ruiz, Head of Electrical Standards and Thermocouple and Humidity Standards Sections of the National Metrology Laboratory presented the services of their respective agencies for the industry, regulators and consumers.  A panel discussion on NQI services for efficiency and competitiveness followed.

Dr. Miflora Gatchalian enliven the audience on her talk, “Developing a Culture of Quality”. A culture-based approach to Total Quality Management called “SUGOD” (Move-on Together) had been validated for the Philippines.  On the other hand, Mr. Valentin A. Reyes, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Director of the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) provided an extensive presentation on LRMC’s   improvement initiative to LRT1 to serve the riding public better.

An added feature of the forum is a talk on ISO/IEC FDIS 17025:2017– General Requirements for Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories presented by Engr. Cirila Botor, PhilMSTQ President.  It was also on this forum where the PhilMSTQ NQI Academy was launched by Mr. Jerome Asiddao, PhilMSTQ Vice-President and Ms. Jen Espanto, Board Secretary.  The PhilMSTQ NQI Academy will serve as the training and consultancy arm of PhilMSTQ.

The Forum had brought together over 100 various NQI stakeholders to make them aware of the development in the Philippine quality infrastructure and encourage them to take part in its strengthening. Participants consists of people from the Quality Infrastructure Institutions, Regulators, Conformity Assessment Bodies and the Industry.  It enlightened participants on the state of the Philippine NQI, where we are now, what still needs to be done and how they can take part in strengthening it.

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