Legislative support for OneLab program ‘apparent’, says DOST – Manila Bulletin

According to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), it is evident that its One-Stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness (OneLab) program achieves legislative support to consistently serve the people, certifying a science and inclusive technology (S&T development_ for all.

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In a statement, DOST said the program is championing its sustainability to provide testing and calibration services to more than 500,000 customers through its institutionalization.

“OneLab’s initiative for a unified laboratory information management system in partnership with 57 network members of local and international laboratories accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 has expanded its capabilities to engage with metrology , rubber, halal, food and drinking water safety, Food Innovation Centers and SETUP, with plans to expand laboratory services,” DOST said.

“OneLab collected a total of 724,064,255.27 pesos from 2017 to 2021, which equates to an average of 144,812,851 pesos collected annually, and has since been returned to the National Treasury,” he added.

DOST explained that the sustainability of the program hinges on its eventual institutionalization. OneLab’s assistance to its current customers would, in due course, be accessible to as many people as possible provided that it receives the necessary funding to maintain its progress.

Its collection numbers were accumulated from the 1,158,841 tests and calibrations performed on 781,273 samples submitted to the installation pool. The strategy for upgrading laboratories and producing high-level laboratory personnel stems from the projected demand for standards and testing laboratories worldwide.

With this in mind, the program has set itself the goal of being smarter as a network of world-renowned laboratories that stand out for their quality, competence and reliability in providing testing, calibration, research and development (R&D) and training.

Additionally, DOST said OneLab in its entirety applies to the current administration’s newly imposed socio-economic agenda, which calls for digitalization by providing an accessible and efficient government service. In this context, DOST’s planned Programs, Projects and Activities (PPAs) resulted in the establishment of a Technical Working Group (TWG) to determine the requirements to support the program and run its integrated data system. through the creation of the program roadmap.

The roadmap outlines plans to engage in training programs, increase and improve OneLab facilities, expand membership to accommodate a wider variety of services, inter-agency collaborations and increase services, to not to name a few.

These efforts support the program’s directive to be globally competitive by providing analytical and calibration services available through a single point of contact. The program strengthens its overall strategies to improve human resources, laboratory services, laboratory network, laboratory infrastructure and facilities, IT platforms, and sustainability strategies.

The union of research and development institutions and regional testing laboratories of DOST and non-DOST members provides a wide range of essential services to meet organizational needs. This includes partnerships with PEZA zones extending S&T support for export, being on par with international standards.

With testing of international standards and implementation of method validation and development, OneLab incorporates systematic processing to increase global recognition of its services.



Ryan H. Bowman