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Laboratory testing and calibration services

November 28, 2003            

    RVCL started its operations and continuously delivers calibration services up to present. A permanent staff in the calibration laboratory is designated as the laboratory head and a support staff is rendering services both under the supervision of the PSTD/Quality Manager. 

November 11, 2011 until November 24, 2016            

The laboratory was accredited to ISO/IEC 17015:2005 by Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) as the First Accredited Laboratory on Big Volume in the Philippines.  Approved scope of accreditation:    

•    10    to    20    liters    calibrating    bucket    
•    100    to    2000    and    250    to    4,000    liters    proving    tank        
•    vehicle    tank    and    trailer    truck    up    to    60,000    liters    capacity 

November 24, 2016 until November 24, 2021            

The laboratory was accredited to ISO/IEC 17015:2005 by Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) as the First Accredited Laboratory on Big Volume in the Philippines.  Approved scope of accreditation:  

 •    10    to    20    liters    calibrating    bucket    
•    100    to    2000    and    250    to    4,000    liters    proving    tank        
•    vehicle    tank    and    trailer    truck    up    to    40,000    liters    capacity


RVCL provides in-house and on-site calibration services for:    
•    Region    I,    II,    III,    IV,    V    and    NCR 

 

I. Quality Management Documentation

The Regional Volumetric Laboratory is the First Laboratory on Big Volume awarded by PAO-DTI with ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation on November 25, 2011. It is the first among big volume calibration laboratories which received such accreditation. The accreditation is valid for 5 years and serves as the stimulus of the RVCL Staff in providing customers with quality service. Certainly, this accreditation paved way for the birth of a known calibration laboratory with the high standards of giving quality service.  The approved scope of accreditation were 10 to 20 liters calibrating bucket; 100 to 2000 and 250 to 4,000 liters proving tank; and vehicle tank and trailer truck up to 40,000 liters capacity. The reassessment of Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) for the renewal of RVCL ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation was conducted last July 12-13, 2016. The External Audit Team from PAB were composed of Mr. Roderick R. Dela Cruz, Mr. Paulo Lorenzo A. Fernandez and Mr. Roxan L. Roxas. Results from the audit were nine (9) minor non-conformities and one (1) observation which were duly addressed by RVCL and received the renewal Certificate of Accreditation on November 24, 2016 effective until November 24, 2021 with increased capacity of 60,000 liters vehicle/trailer trucks.At present, RVCL provides on-site and in-house calibration services for Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V and NCR. The First Surveillance Visit of Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) for the accreditation of RVCL to ISO/ IEC 17025:2005 was conducted last July 25, 2017. The External Audit Team from PAB were composed of Mr. Roderick R. Dela Cruz and Mr. Arsemar L. Poblete. Results from the audit were seven (7) minor non-conformities which were all satisfactory cleared. On August 01, 2017, Internal Quality Audit was held with Ms. Maria Teresa A. Pamplona as team leader and auditor for management aspect, Ms. Kim Fjorda R. Zerrudo as member and auditor for technical aspect, and Mr. Rogerson A. Esmeria, as member and also auditor for technical aspect. Results from the audit were three (3) minor non-conformities and (4) observations which were all cleared by RVCL on August 28, 2017. To sustain the quality of services provided by RVCL, a management review was conducted. The 8th Management Review was conducted at the RSM Conference Room, Bacnotan, Calamba, Laguna on August 7, 2017. Present during the review were Regional Director Dr. Alexander R. Madrigal, Asst. Regional Director for TO Lydia S. Manguiat, Supv. SRS Emelita P. Bagsit, Asst. Regional Director for FAS Bernard L. Soriano, RVCL Quality Manager Felina C. Malabanan and RVCL Head Brigido K. Casanova Jr. Highlights of the review as presented by Ms. Malabanan were the attainment of Quality Objectives and accomplishments as of July 2017. 

Environmental Performance Report and Management

Plan The Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) of Batangas is an office under the supervision of the Regional Office of DOST IV-A. The PSTC-Batangas provides services such as Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Technology Acquisition and Upgrading, and Scholarship Programs and other Roll Out/Innovative Projects. Moreover, the Regional Volumetric Calibration Laboratory (RVCL) is also housed at PSTC-Batangas.  Being an ISO 9001:2008 certified organization and having the first big volumetric calibration laboratory to be an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited, continual improvement of the PSTC-Batangas and its laboratory, RVCL, is one of the DOST IV-A’s environmental goals. In order to contribute to a cleaner environment and ecological balance, minimize air and water pollution, and in compliance with environmental laws and regulation, DOST IV-A initiates the preparation of PSTC-Batangas for Environmental Compliance Certificate application. To assist in their application, the graduate students of SESAM-UPLB enrolled under the ENS 296 BC-1L Midyear class of 2016 prepare the Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan (EPRMP) as part of the requirement of the course as well as help the PSTC-Batangas in the preparation of the documents needed for the ECC application. The study focused on the environmental performance of the existing Batangas Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) and its Regional Volumetric Calibration Laboratory. Specifically, the study aimed to determine the potential impacts of the PSTC-Batangas particularly RVCL activities to the land, air, water and people components. The undertaking would also recommend mitigation and enhancement measures on the identified impacts.  The following were the specific activities included in the study: (1) site ocular visit and investigation, (2) scoping of impacts and issues relevant to the project, (3) baseline profiling, (4) identification and assessment of predicted impacts, and (5) preparation of an environmental management plan and environmental monitoring plan. In the process of assessment, four major areas of concerns were identified, namely: 1) Hazardous waste management; 2) Disaster risk reduction and management plan; 3) Health, safety and security. These concerns were all addressed through the innovations implemented such as Provision of Hazardous Waste Facility, Upgrading of Electrical Facility, and Trainings of RVCL staff about Solid Waste Management, Health, Safety and Security.  PSTC/RVCL’s application for Environmental Compliance Certificate was submitted last June 23, 2017. Last November 14, 2017, EMB-DENR has conducted a preliminary survey visit of the area and at present, PSTC/RVCL is waiting for the certificate.