December 9, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) is gearing for a two-star materials testing laboratory to further enhance its quality testing services.
David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer said that they are slowly complying with all the requirements needed to qualify for a two-star rating, starting with the renovation of its laboratory testing building.
“At present, the Quality Assurance Section (QAS) laboratory testing is being renovated in order to expand its total floor area which is one of the requirements needed to be complied to qualify for a two-star materials testing laboratory,” said Adongay.
The said project was allocated with a budget of P470,901.18 under contract with W.B. Alagao Construction.
“The renovation will also enable the district to procure additional testing equipment because of the additional area where the procured equipments can be stored. The increase in number of equipments will result to the increase of test being offered within the district,” he added.
Engr. Ronald Sebios, Project Engineer reported that the project is on-going with 80% accomplishment as of November 30, 2019. It has a target completion date of December 22, 2019.
The system classifies 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 and Third-party certification.
On May 29, 2018, the DPWH QAS-Biliran DEO was given a Star Rating Certification for having satisfactorily complied with the provisions of Department Order No. 126, Series of 2016 Amendment to D.O. No. 11 Series of 2013 “Star Rating of DPWH Regional and District Materials Testing Laboratories” thereby classifying and categorizing it as a one-star materials testing laboratory.
The QAS of DPWH Biliran DEO is responsible for conducting various test of construction materials to ascertain that all materials incorporated into the work meet the minimum requirement by the DPWH.