12 Jun PhilMSTQ Joins the Evaluation of PTB’s Field Mission to the PH
PhilMSTQ, together with other project partners participated in the field mission on the evaluation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt’s (PTB’s) technical cooperation with the Philippines, covering the period, 2006-2017. The field mission was conducted on 08 – 12 January 2018 by Lutz Neumann, external consultant to PTB; and Ajchara Charoensook, Director of the National Institute of Metrology (Thailand), as the technical evaluator. Dr. Clemens Sanetra, international short-term expert of the project, supported the field mission as a resource person. The evaluation covered PTB’s technical cooperation projects with the Philippines from November 2006 – October 2017 to assess the results and impacts achieved during the project implementation, and to provide future recommendations. The main focus was on the last project implementation. PTB projects include:
- Phase I: Advisory services for the development of service offers in the field of quality infrastructure in the Philippines (November 2006 – April 2011);
- Phase II: Consultation for the development of services in the field of quality infrastructure (May 2011 – November 2014);
- Phase III: Strengthening of the National Quality Infrastructure in the Philippines (November 2014 – October 2017).
PhilMSTQ was represented by Shirley Botor (President) and Jo Barahan (Trustee), who attended the opening evaluation workshop on 08 January 2018 at the National Metrology Laboratory. Ojie Reyes, Managing Director of the Food Processors and Exporters Corporation (PHILFOODEX) and Cyd Aguilera, (Trustee) joined the second part of the meeting/ interview which tackled the CALIDENA project among others, at the PhilMSTQ office. PHILFOODEX is PhilMSTQ’s project partner on the CALIDENA project. Other implementing partners include the National Metrology Laboratory (NML-ITDI, DOST), Standards and Testing Division (STD-ITDI, DOST), Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB, DTI), and Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS, DA). The closing workshop for the evaluation was held on 12 January at the National Metrology Laboratory.
The field of activities evaluated covered the following outputs previously agreed upon by the project partners:
- Output 1: NML-ITDI is enabled to participate in the designing and in the conception of strategies and legal bills, taking international requirements into account.;
- Output 2: NML, STD und PAB (in collaboration with BAFS) are enabled to develop services that are geared to the needs of industry and meet international standards.;
- Output 3: The ability of the project partners to implement National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) awareness-raising activities for political and economic stakeholders is enhanced.
- Output 4: Networking among NQI institutions is durably strengthened.
PhilMSTQ’s major inputs to the project covers outputs 3 and 4.
For output 3, PhilMSTQ had carried out NQI awareness-raising activities through forums, workshops, and participation in public consultation involving regulators (i.e. FDA/DOH, LGUs); partnership with LGUs and academe; and NQI needs assessment for industry (i.e. Federation of Philippine Industry members). Together with other NQI institutions, pilot projects (such as CALIDENA) with private sector representatives had been realized. Information tools (such as videos and brochures) on NQI had also been developed.
For output 4, PhilMSTQ is the Steering Committee/Secretariat to Quality Pillars of the Philippines, (QPOP) discussions on update on PTB projects, Quality related matters, NQI Institution’s activities related to quality, etc. Project partners involved in the discussions include NML, STD, PAB and BAFS.
Results of the evaluation showed that three outputs were achieved (1 & 3) or overachieved (2). Output 4 was partially achieved (67%). The analysis based on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) criteria (i.e. Relevance, Effectiveness, Impact, Efficiency, and Sustainability), showed that the project attained positive ratings across all criteria. Relevance and efficiency are rated with highest marks. Overall rating for the project was “successful”.
Note: Some of the information on this article were taken from a PTB Document, EXTERNAL EVALUATION, Evaluation of the PTB’s technical cooperation with the Philippines 2006-2017, by Key evaluator: Lutz Neumann and Technical evaluator: Ajchara Charoensook, 16 May 2018.