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PIA Press Release
2009/06/23

Gov. Zayco, DOST Chief lead oil tanker calibration center ground-breaking

Bacolod City (23 June) -- Negros Occ. Governor Isidro Zayco and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Director Engr. Rowen Gelonga recently led the groundbreaking and laying of time capsule rites of the Provincial Metrology Center and Oil Tanker Calibration Building at Brgy. 6, San Juan St.

Expected to operate in four to five months, the facility will offer calibration services anytime a company tankers need it as it is a must before they are allowed to travel, Gelonga said during the program that followed at the newly opened Provincial Motorpool.

Before, tankers wait for the weekly schedule of the calibration that DOST conducts, "this has a significant economic loss on the part of the business and industry," he explained.

"What we did is to put up this facility with the support of the governor and anytime a client needs our services, the facility is there," he said adding that this is the first satellite laboratory-calibration center in Western Visayas.

The Metrology Center will ensure that the mass and volume equipment have accurate readings, therefore "we are assured that goods and services given to us have correct measurement either in mass or volume."

He said even weighing scales used in markets can avail of the calibration service as many Local Government Units go to the DOST for this service.

"This partnership is a good show window of collaboration between national government and the LGUs in order to reach out to consumers and clients."

Meanwhile, Gov. Zayco said the center operates on a 70-30 profit sharing. Seventy percent for the province and 30 percent for DOST.

The building costs about P1.3 million. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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