by: Ginisar M. Romero

To achieve a one star rating for the Material Testing laboratory of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO), District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. requests for a reassessment from the Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS), DPWH Central Office.

The re-assessment was conducted by Cielito C. De Guzman, Engineer IV, RDD and Susana D. Faustino, Statician II, MTD on April 26-27, 2018 in pursuant to the Department Order No. 126 Series of 2016 (Amended to D.O. No.11) Series of 2013- Star Rating of DPWH Regional and District Materials Testing Laboratories.

Department Order No. 11, Series of 2013 is being amended to emphasize that the Star Rating System for testing laboratories of the Regional and District Engineering Offices recognizes the need for capable laboratory technicians and Materials Engineers and complete and reliable testing apparatus/equipment.

The system classify testing laboratories into One-Star, Two-Star or Three-Star categories based on the following criteria: Availability of testing equipment and apparatus, Competence/Accreditation of Personnel, Observance of health and safety standards, Working area of the laboratory, Calibration of apparatus/equipment, Third-party certification.

All Regional and District Engineering Offices shall exert efforts to attain at least Two-Star and One-Star Rating, respectively. All laboratories with no star rating yet or with only One-Star Certification shall work towards their accreditation and/or upgrading.

“DPWH-Biliran DEO is hoping for a successful reassessment and acquire a one star rating this time,” said Adongay.

 The evaluation for upgrading of the star rating is conducted by the BRS only upon request by the concerned Regional/District Office and submission of proofs showing the improvements that warrant the upgrading. (Gmr)

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