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An estimated 10B in government revenue was lost due to poor market surveillance and enforcement of penalties to regulate measuring instruments. An estimated 240M losses were due to inaccurate weighing instruments.
This is what Ahdrian Camilo C. Gernale, a Science Research Specialist at the National Metrology Laboratory (NML) at the Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology and Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), said during the recent World Metrology Day Celebration with a theme of “Metrology in the Digital Era”.
A country’s economic growth relies on the ability to design, innovate, manufacture and trade high-quality products and services. Metrology affects the country’s measurement capabilities, which helps the government provide domestic and international confidence in products and services, reduces technical challenges to trade exports, and ensures the quality of imports.
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As part of the implementation of the Department of Science and Technology - Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (DOST - CEST) Program in Region 1, the Provincial Science and Technology Center – Ilocos Sur (PSTC-IS) facilitated the deployment and training on the Automated Weather Station system (AWS) of the Local Government Unit of Salcedo, Ilocos Sur held last month.
According to Engr. Jordan L. Abad, Provincial S&T Director of the PSTC–IS, the provision of the AWS is part of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management / Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA) of the CEST program. This aims to capacitate the communities through generation of timely weather data for preparedness and resiliency during occurrence of natural hazards, especially during typhoons, Engr. Abad added.
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The Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX) through the Provincial S&T Office of Zamboanga del Norte (PSTO-ZDN) facilitated the benchmarking activity of LGU-Mutia to various innovative horticulture projects in Benguet and Bulacan on 1-3 August 2022. The team from LGU-Mutia was led by no less than its Municipal Mayor, Engr. Lorrymir S. Adasa.
The benchmarking activity included visits to various innovative projects in horticulture—cut flowers and high-value vegetables—assisted by DOST. In Benguet, the team visited the flower and strawberry farms in La Trinidad and high-value vegetable farms in Mankayan and Atok. In Bulacan, the team visited some projects of LGU-Guiguinto in its "Garden City" initiative.
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The accuracy of weighing scales used to ensure proper implementation of the malnutrition program of 40 primary and secondary schools in Bayambang, Pangasinan is very important.
Because of this, the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office I (DOST-I), through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) – Pangasinan, conducted a two-day free calibration service of weighing scales last month.
According to Venus M. Bueno, RND, LGU Bayambang Municipal Nutrition Action Officer, they requested the assistance from the DOST-Pangasinan as they want to ensure the accuracy of all weighing scales used in all the schools in the municipality.