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The DOST-III Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) is now capable of estimating the measurement of uncertainty (MU) for microbiological testing. RSTL staff led by Nikki Dyan C. Padilla, technical manager, completed a one-day training on the procedure with reference to ISO 19036:2019-10 (Microbiology in the food chain – estimation of measurement of uncertainty for quantitative determination).
Together with microbiology laboratory technical managers and analysts from DOST regional offices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and under the tutelage of Dr. Ena A. Bernal, Chairman of the Philippine Accreditation Bureau – Laboratory Accreditation Technical Committee (PAB-LATC) for Biological Testing under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the training was meant to familiarize the participants with the standards required by ISO 19036:2019-10 which also serves as a basis for evaluating a particular laboratory’s level of competency in performing quantitative analyses. The measurement of uncertainty in an analytical laboratory is considered to be critical in its operation as it demonstrates the measurement capability of the said laboratory.
Engr. Romeolito Tacbian, the RSTL laboratory-in-charge said that more than just a requirement for accreditation, the training is part of their commitment to provide reliable results and quality services. “Our staff are regularly sent to relevant trainings and seminars to keep them abreast of latest trends and developments in laboratory testing in order to hone their competencies and skills,” he said.
The RSTL is composed of three service laboratories which includes Physico-Chemical, Microbiological, and the Metrology and Instrumentation laboratories. Together, they provide support to the micro, small and medium enterprises (mSMEs)through analytical and testing services such as Nutrition Facts Analysis, microbiological quality of drinking water, and the calibration of temperature reading instruments. Other private businesses, government offices, schools, students and researchers also avail of these services. It is an ISO 17025:2005 accredited laboratory, meaning that its Certificate of Analysis is acceptable worldwide. It is also currently transitioning to ISO 17025:2017.
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MOA Orientation and Signing between DOST-3 and Let’s Print Enterprises held on September 20, 2019 at DOST-3, Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. (From left to right: Harlson Rowe Q. Cappal, PA II, PSTC-Tarlac, Wilfredo F. Sibal, Chief SRS, DOST-3, Mrs. Lady B. Roberts and Mr. Kenjie B. Roberts, Owner, Let’s Print Enterprises, Mr. Raul R. De Leon, Owner, RDRA Printartees Enterprises, Mrs. Karen Y. Dañez, Provincial Director, PSTC-Tarlac and Mr. Amiel T. Carreon, SRS I, DOST-3)
Ten entrepreneurs in Tarlac were the recipients of S&T interventions provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Tarlac through the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program or SETUP.
DOST Provincial Director for Tarlac, Mrs. Karen Y. Dañez, said that the enterprises received a total of Php 8.8 million worth of assistance in the form of equipment, machineries and other interventions designed to improve firms’ quality and overall productivity.
Among the beneficiaries were Yambot Ice Cream, Dreamkraft Gift Shop and General Merchandise, Inkifyd Printing Services Company, Gerties Bakeshop, RDRA Printartees Enterprises, O.CTinman Tinsmith and Fremil’s Sports Uniform, all based in Tarlac City. Sandra’s Handicrafts located in Capas, and Nasayaat Marketing based in Pura also received assistance.
Mrs. Dañez further said that DOST-Tarlac will continue to expand the implementation of SETUP in the province by reaching out to more entrepreneurs engaged in priority sectors being supported by the program.
Delivery, installation and inspection of fiber laser cutter acquired by Inkifyd Printing Services Company on June 27, 2019 (From left to right: Ms. Dinah T. Cañero, SRS II, PSTC-Tarlac, Mrs. Karen Y. Dañez, Provincial Director, PSTC-Tarlac, Mr. Dezwin Valdez, Operator, Mr. Gian Reyes, Owner, Inkifyd Printing Services Company,Mr. Richard Jerry B. Opimo and John Paul Aliermo, Bigpix)
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Photo of the participants from the Abelling Tribe together with the resource persons from DOST ITDI Ms. Una Grace Dollete (middlemost on the front line) and Mr. Charles Feb Palla (third seat from R-L) and representative from DOST Tarlac, Ms. Cristina T. Isla (in brown on the front line)
Twenty-four members of the Abelling Tribe, a group of indigenous people from San Jose, Tarlac recently completed a two-day skills training seminar on processing of rootcrops and vegetables last February 4-5, at the town’s training center through the initiative of the Department of Science and Technology - Tarlac Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST- Tarlac PSTC).
Two technology experts from the Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) Food Processing Division, Una Grace Dollete and Charles Feb Palla served as trainers. The participants were taught how to process turmeric, ginger, cassava, sweet potato, squash and malunggay which are found aplenty in the municipality.
The activity is part of the expanded Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (eCEST) program of the DOST which is aimed at helping build resilient and smart communities by providing S&T interventions to address social issues such as lack of livelihood opportunities, malnutrition, waste management and environmental degradation caused by climate change, among others.
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Figure 1. Christian Grace B. Estimada (FDA Regulation Officer III), Maria Cricelle R, Yambao (FDA Regulation Officer II) and Dr. Lydia Manguiat (Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Division of DOST-IVA) awards the certificate of completion to the representatives of the Central Luzon Food Safety Team (CLFST) who successfully completed the two-day seminar-orientation on FDA (AO 153 s.2004), LGU Inspection (PD 856) and Auditing last 10-11 April at Hotel Jen, Pasay City.
News reports of foodborne illnesses like food poisoning and diarrhea incidents associated with water and foodborne contaminants are not new. Diseases caused by bacteria, virus, parasites and chemical substances that could be present in any contaminated food or water are common. More often than not, one of the major contributing factor for this is poor sanitation and improper food handling and preparation. Such cases are easily preventable if only people are more aware of the importance of practising food safety.
This is precisely what Republic Act No. 10611: An Act to Strengthen the Food Safety Regulatory System in the Country to Protect Consumer Health and Facilitate Market Access of Local Foods and Food Products, and for Other Purposes, also known as the Food Safety Act of 2013 aims to address. In Region III, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) though the initiative of its Regional Director, Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, established the Central Luzon Food Safety Team (CLFST) composed of technical personnel from DOST and different State Universities and Colleges to operationalize said law. To capaciatte them for their tasks, the members of the team were sent to Nanyang Polytechnic – Singapore to undergo training on different aspects of implementing a food safety program which they patterned after Singapore’s Points Demerit System or PDS.