House OK sought for OneLab
The One-stop Laboratory Services for Global Competitiveness (OneLab) program of the Department of Science and Technology in recent years has gained significant traction due to its high return rates for its services.
The program advocates its sustainability to provide testing and calibration services to over 500,000 customers through its institutionalization.
OneLab’s initiative for a unified laboratory information management system partnered with 57 network members of local and international laboratories accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 expanded its capabilities to engage with metrology, rubber, halal, food and drinking water safety, food innovation centers, and Setup, with plans to broaden laboratory services.
OneLab collected a total of P724,064,255.27 from 2017 to 2021, equivalent to an average of P144,812,851 fees collected annually, and has since been reverted to the national treasury.
These numbers were accumulated from the 1,158,841 tests and calibrations conducted on 781,273 samples submitted to the pool of facilities.
The program’s sustainability rests on its eventual institutionalization.
OneLab’s assistance to its current customers would, in due course, be available to the masses granted that it be provided the relevant funding necessary to maintain its progress, through legislative support. – Press release