Who We Are

Philippine Metrology, Standards, Testing, and Quality, Incorporated (PhilMSTQ) is a non-profit non-stock association that has been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since 2006.

The PhilMSTQ is composed of individuals and  institutions (private and government) that banded together to address the country’s need for a robust, unified and sustainable MSTQ infrastructure. MSTQ stands for Metrology, Standards, Testing, and Quality (Certification and Accreditation) which is essential for health and safety assurance, manufacture of globally competitive products, fair trade, consumer and environment protection, and research and development.The organization had its origin from the group that attended the initial consultative meeting called by the Bureau of Product Standards together with the ITDI and consultants from the PTB Germany Technical Cooperation held in September of 2004.

Our Two Pronged Vision

1. A robust, unified and sustainable National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) in the Philippines that ensures the following:

  • Global competitiveness of Philippine products and services
  • Local consumer health and environment protection
  • Better quality of life for Filipinos in the new globalized world


2. An enlightened citizenry that participates in the creation of NQI and proactively encourages stakeholders to do their part in sustaining the NQI.

Our Mission

To advocate the establishment, strengthening and sustainability of a responsive, responsible and functional NQI in the Philippines.


To help remove technical barriers for Philippine products for international trade and enhance health protection and environmental sustainability.


To catalyze the creation of a coherent and sustainable NQI in the Philippines that is responsive to the needs of Filipino consumers and industries.

Our Guiding Principles

Our members are professionals from various the academe and public/private institutions who are united by the following principles.
Quality Matters
  • Making quality consciousness a way of life for all Filipinos will result in products and services that meet and even surpass standards, i.e. excellent products and services.
  • A national quality policy will ensure products and services produced in the Philippines are free from defects and meet standards that satisfy specific customer or user requirements.
  • Such policy will promote better quality of life for citizens, protect consumers and the environment, and make products and services more competitive.
A National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) is the backbone of a more competitive nation

NQI is “the totality of the institutional framework (whether public or private) in a country that is put in place to formulate, issue, and implement standards and the associated evidence of compliance (i.e., the relevant mix of inspection, testing, certification, metrology, and accreditation) in order to improve the suitability of products, processes, and services for their intended purposes; prevent barriers to trade; and facilitate technological cooperation.”

(Source: Designing and Implementing Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific)

No sector or government agency can singlehandedly build a functional NQI

Many hands make light work. Consumers and concerned citizens, the public and private sectors, the academe, and law and policy makers all have a role to play in creating a robust NQI.

Board of Trustees


Cirilia “Shirley” Botor is an expert on Standards and Conformance. She is a former Assistant Director of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) and the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) of the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI).


Jerome Assidao has 35 yrs in the Maintenance Aviation industry from Lufthansa Technical Training, Philippine Airlines and Instrumentation industry. He is a former Project, Sales, and Product Manager and Trainer by profession conduct among others Aircraft Maintenance, Planning, Safety, Quality, Human Factors, Regulations, Metrology and shop standards. Currently, he designs and conducts behavioral, inspirational and technical training/seminars for universities and industry professionals under LEAD Training Systems brand like Human Error and Situational Awareness. In addition, he provides consultancy on curriculum and faculty development in line with aviation international requirements and quality standards.


Angelica Hallarces is a former Quality Manager of San Miguel Corporation and a Laboratory Manager of Cement Testing Center. She is an independent consultant for ISO/IEC 17025 and has been a Technical Expert in Chemical Testing and an Assessor/ Team Leader in audits of Chemical, Calibration, and Biological Laboratories since 2008.


Ms. Bion is a founding member of PHILMSTQ. She is the former Chief of the Standards and Testing Division (STD) of Industrial Technology Development Institute of DOST and served as Quality Manager for the laboratories’ ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. She served as the program leader for the establishment of a Metrology in Chemistry (MiC) Infrastructure in the Philippines which develop the local capability for comparability and traceability of chemical test results.


Vilma Cembrano is the Former Head, Environment Management Department, Maynilad Water Services, Inc.


Leticia Pangilinan is a Supervising Science Research Specialist in Department of Energy.


Mary Ann Hipolito is a Chemical Engineer by profession, who was a former Commissary Director at Philippine FoodAsia Corp. Presently, she is the Commissary Head of Midwest Food Industries, Inc., the maker of Lots’a Pizza, a 31-year old Filipino pizza brand.


Hon. Cyd Puertollano Aguilera is a Professional Regulatory Board Member for Chemical Engineering. She is an ASEAN Engineer and one of the five Philippines’ ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineers. She is a Quality and Food Safety Management Consultant. She used to work with San Miguel Corporation where she gained a total of 35 years of quality and food safety work experience in the food and beverage industry. She finished Chemical Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas and got the 9th place in the 1978 Chemical Engineering Licensure Examinations. She has earned 48 units leading to a degree of Masters in Business Administration from La Salle Business School. She was also a Philippine Quality Award Assessor for five consecutive years.


Josefina Barahan works as an Assessment Team Leader/ Technical Assessor in Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB). She is a former Principal Chemist in National Power Corporation and former Food and Drug Regulation Officer in Food and Drug Administration.


As industry representative, Vincent Castillo, III is the former Operations Manager of the Cement Manufacturer’s Association of the Philippines (CeMAP). He interacted extensively with the members of the Federation of Philippines Industries, especially with the steel, paper, plastic, glass and ceramic tiles industry associations. He also worked with the National Steel Corporation (NSC).


Engr. Cesar M. Dumayag is the President and CEO of People360 Consulting Corporation. As a construction safety consultant, he ensures the implementation of the government’s occupational safety and health programs particularly in the construction industry. As a programming safety consultant, he develops and establishes safety policies, guidelines and measures for implementation at workplaces. He is also an expert on Safety Inspection, Non-destructive Testing and Internal Quality Audit.


Jennifer Espanto is a licensed chemist, quality consultant and PhilMSTQ’s lead trainer in promoting the National Quality Infrastructure. She was assigned to establish the PhilMSTQ NQI Academy. She is an expert in management systems (i.e. quality, environment, occupational health and safety and laboratory), process improvement and quality initiatives. She currently works as a Technical Manager at Chemdis Manufacturing Corporation and as a Quality System Advisor at Inca Philippines Incorporated. She is also affiliated with the Integrated Chemist of the Philippines, Toastmasters International - District 75 (Philippines) and Rapido Realismo Kali.


Dr. Miflora Minoza-Gatchalian, CEO of Quality Partners Company, Ltd earned her Doctorate’s degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan, Master of Arts in Statistics and BS Food Technology from U.P. Her graduate Diploma in Industrial Quality Control was obtained with distinction, from Bowcentrum International Education in the Netherlands. After her stint with Industry, she joined the U.P. Faculty from which she retired as full professor. Her work generally focuses on statistical measurements in the pursuit of continual improvement . Among the books she wrote, “Sensory Quality Measurement: Statistical Analysis of Human Responses” is most utilized in the Philippines


Ma. Jeannie C. Mandap is a Chemical Engineer by profession. She works as Laboratory Manager in Accurate and Precise Inspection and Testing Laboratory, Inc. She is also a Technical Committee member to BPS / TC28 for Glass and Glass Products.


Leonora Santos is the Laboratory Supervisor in Energy Development Corporation.


Development Cooperation

PhilMSTQ receives funding from Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the national metrology institute of Germany. PTB extends technical cooperation to developing countries, such as the Philippines, to provide an enabling environment for their national quality infrastructure systems to adapt to international agreements.

Goverment Agencies
Bureau of Product Standards (BPS)
The BPS is the National Standards Body of the Philippines established by Republic Act (RA) 4109, otherwise known as the Philippine Standardization Law and Executive Order (EO) 133.
As the National Standards Body, the BPS is mandated to develop, implement and coordinate standardization activities in the Philippines. It is primarily involved in standards development, product certification and standards implementation/promotion to raise the quality and global competitiveness of Philippine products at the same time to protect the interests of consumers and businesses.
National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines (NML-Phil)
The National Metrology Laboratory (NML) is the national metrology institute of the Philippines tasked by law to be responsible for establishing and maintaining the national measurement standards for physical quantities such as mass, temperature, pressure, voltage, resistance, luminous intensity and time interval and their dissemination to Filipino users.
Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB)
The Philippine Accreditation Bureau is a separate body from the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) mandated to handle the accreditation of certification bodies, inspection bodies, testing, and calibration laboratories in the country.