DOST V breaks ground for construction of Regional Laboratory Building
01 February 2018
To advance science and technology services in the Bicol region, the Department of Science and Technology V (DOST V) is constructing a two-story building for the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) and Regional Metrology Laboratory (RML). The project was approved after complying with all the requirements under RA 9184 for a total amount of Php 46,677,498.88. To celebrate this milestone, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held last 10 January 2018 at DOST V, Rawis, Legazpi City. In addition, the said ceremony served to provide insight into the workings and services of the regional laboratories.
The Groundbreaking Ceremony began with a short Mass led by Fr. Bob Bañares. Engr. Manuel Sn. B. Lucena, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Operations, opened the program and welcomed the guests and participants. Afterward, the rationale of the building project was introduced by Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) head, Mr. Cristopher Millena, RCh. This acquainted the guests with how the laboratories work and how significant the expansion is.
L: Engr. Manuel Sn. B. Lucena, Jr. welcomed the guests and participants; R: Mr. Cristopher Millena shares about the rationale of the construction of the new building.
On behalf of the Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, Mr. Carlos A. Ante, Legazpi City Administrator, expressed his appreciation for the testing and calibration laboratories being in the city of Legazpi, focusing on their significance in the daily lives of the citizens (such as weighing and food safety). Following the City Administrator’s speech was the Keynote Message from DOST V Regional Director Tomas B. Briñas, CESO III. Dir. Briñas enlightened the participants on the significant accomplishments of the laboratories, including generating a government income of Php 2.5 M in 2017. The expansion, according to Dir. Briñas, would help meet emerging customer and market requirements and align test methods with ASEAN harmonized test methods, among others. Some of the upgrades include acquisition of more and upgraded equipment to meet needs of new tests and cater to needs of stakeholders in the region. This will also foster customers’ confidence and convenience in meeting their requirements and enhance the competence of laboratory personnel through the sharing of best practices.
The Groundbreaking and Time Capsule Burial Ceremony followed the Keynote Message. Special guests were invited to partake in the ceremonial turning of the dirt, including Assistant Regional Directors Engr. Lucena and Mr. Beda Vicente Gonzaga, City Mayor representative Mr. Carlos A. Ante, National Economic and Development Authority V Regional Director Agnes M. Espinas – Tolentino, Environmental Management Bureau V Head Executive Assistant Charito V. Milañez, Department of Budget Management Regional Director Ma. Angelita C. Cells, Department of Public Works and Highways representative Engr. Vicente Miraballes, OCM Steel Corporation representative Engr. Gil Busico, and the Provincial Science and Technology Directors. Heads of the laboratories, Mr. Cristopher Millena, Engr. Agustin Serrano Jr.; and Project Management Unit Head Ms. Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara also participated in the ceremony. The building plans were presented to Regional Director Briñas and placed inside the steel capsule.
The next batch included members of the Infrastructure Committee, Engrs. Marie Grace T. Molina, Ernesto Reyes Jr., Ronald Barillo, Julius Regoroso and Archs. Joy Chica and Patricia Andes. Ms. Nicole Anne Bejo and Ms. Vanessa Caluza represented the Occupational Health and Safety Team of DOST V. All employees joined after the guests’ participation. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was deemed a success, as it became a milestone for the upgrade and expansion of DOST V’s science and technology services to the Bicol Region. (Kimberly B. Ante, EMO-DOST V)