05 Oct PhilMSTQ Celebrates World Standards Day
October 14 is World Standards Day and October 8-14 marks the celebration of National Standards Week in the Philippines. This year’s theme is “International Standard and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which refers to the new technologies that are transforming how society makes and does things. These technologies are blurring the boundaries between the digital and the real world.
In celebration of this annual event, the Philippine Metrology, Standards, Testing and Quality Inc. (PhilMSTQ) had successfully hosted a Forum on “Good Regulatory Practice through Standards” on October 4, 2018 at the Miranda Hall, Natural Sciences and Research Institute – University of the Philippines (UP-NSRI). The Forum was held to support standardization and regulation which are necessary programs for a country aiming for competitiveness and ease of doing business.
Mr. Avelino T. Molina Jr. (Standards Development Division, Bureau of Philippine Standards, Department of Trade and Industry) talked about the development of standards and how standards can be used by regulatory agencies for efficient services. Discussions focused on the benefits of referencing standards; advantages and challenges of the referencing methods; how international standards are used in governance and regulation; and options on using standards in technical regulation (risks and mitigating measures).
Engr. Shirley S. Botor (PhilMSTQ President) gave an insight on standards and regulations in the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI). A background on the evolution of standards which were developed for consumer protection and ease in exchange of goods was provided. It is worth mentioning that international standards are a good means of transferring technology from developed to developing countries; while national standards are developed to benefit industries particularly SMEs. Ms. Botor also provided inputs on WTO Agreements and the current status of NQI in the Philippines:
- Senate Bill 707, “An Act on National Quality Infrastructure” was filed by Sen. Bam Aquino on July 20, 2016
- SBN 707 was discussed last August 28, 2018 by the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship.
PhilMSTQ had written the Committee so that it could participate in the Working Group that will prepare the revised version of the NQI Bill. The organization will also help prepare a draft bill on the NQI to be submitted to the Lower House.
Engr. Isagani Soriano (Chief, Lighting & Appliance Testing Division, Department of Energy) capped the forum by a presentation on the standards used in the Department of Energy’s Philippine Energy Standards and Labelling Program (PESLP), (DOE Dept. Circular 2016-04-0005). Such program was utilized to efficiently deliver DOE’s regulatory services. The discussion covered the following issues:
- DOE / DTI / Industry Organizations’ roles in the EES&L Program for Household Appliances and Lighting Products
- Issues and concerns
- New Scheme in EES&L
- New Legal Framework of the Energy Regulation Scheme for PESLP
- PESLP Major Requirements
- New Energy Label Design
- Future Plans for PESLP
The event brought together over 50 NQI stakeholders who had actively participated in the open forum.