NMLPhil puts together “Measurements for Transport” forum

The National Metrology Laboratory of the Philippines (NMLPhil) celebrated the World Metrology Day (WMD) to commemorate the signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations on May 20, 1875. The Metre Convention set the framework for global collaboration in Metrology (the science of measurement) and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. The original aim of the Metre Convention is the worldwide uniformity of measurement which remains as important today, as it was in 1875.

Yearly, the BIPM (International Bureau of Weights and Measures), the intergovernmental organization that acts on matters related to measurement science and measurement standards, selects a theme / field in which metrology plays a key role. This year’s theme is “Measurements for Transport”. It was chosen because transport plays such vital part in the modern world. We not only transport ourselves, but also the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the goods we use and rely on, not forgetting the raw materials they are made from. Doing so safely, efficiently and with minimal environmental impact requires an astonishing range of measurements. Metrology plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.

In line with this year’s WMD theme, NMLPhil organized a forum last May 19, 2017 at the ITDI-Metrology Building Conference Room with various government and private organizations. The aim of the forum is to get to know better the activities of various companies / agencies that are related to this year’s theme of measurements in transport of people, goods and commodities. NMLPhil is particularly interested in the relevant regulations involved in their operations, the regulated parties and the regulators, and the metrological (measurement) support and requirements for such regulations. NMLPhil intended to solicit the said information to give basis to its plans for supporting measurement traceability needs in the country. Also, the forum could be a venue for exchange of information and ideas on how to best implement each agency’s mandates.  Aside from the invitees, Section Heads of NMLPhil also attended the forum.

Ms. Aurora V. Kimura, Chief of NMLPhil opened the forum by introducing NMLPhil to the forum invitees and also talked about the worldwide annual celebration of the WMD, its historical background, this year’s theme, and its relevance to our modern world.

Ms. Maryness Salazar, Deputy Quality Manager of NMLPhil, further gave a detailed discussion on the mandates, organizational structure, and services of NMLPhil. Mr. Michael Jason Solis, NMLPhil Legal Metrology Team Head meanwhile talked about RA 9236 (The National Metrology Act of 2003) and the substitute metrology bill that the NMLPhil Legal Metrology Team is working on. This substitute bill aims to further improve the country’s National Measurement Infrastructure System (NMIS) and establish NMLPhil as an autonomous National Metrology Institute under the DOST. The presentation of NMLPhil was concluded by a talk by Ms. Nazarene Baculanta, member of the NMLPhil Legal Metrology Team. Her talk focused on the categories of regulated measuring instruments.

After the presentations from NMLPhil, the invitees took turns in presenting and discussing the mandates of their respective organizations particularly their work related to metrology.  The invited organizations and the topic they discussed were:

  1. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Taximeter sealing, resealing and inspection.
  2. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – Over Speeding Group, Over speeding regulations and use of speed guns.
  3. Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Testing and Sealing of Electricity Meters.
  4. Manila Water Corp., Calibration of Water Meters.
  5. Department of Energy – Oil Industry Management Bureau, Calibration of Fuel dispensers, road tankers and calibrating buckets.
  6. Food and Drug Administration, Licensing Requirements To Operate for Food Establishments
  7. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) – Inspectorate Group, Alcohol Breath analyzers

A question and answer session ensued after each presentation with everyone given the chance to ask questions and exchange ideas with the speaker and fellow attendees. The dialogue between all the participants was very engaging and cordial. The forum proved to be prolific and rewarding. Everybody learned a lot from each other’s expertise.

The forum was ended on a high note by the forum’s moderator, Mr. Manuel M. Ruiz, Supervising SRS of NMLPhil. He thanked everyone for coming, sharing their knowledge, and celebrating WMD 2017 with NMLPhil. He expressed that this forum was a good start for more possible future collaborations between NMLPhil and the invitees.

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