By Marlyn U. Ramones
Taguig, Metro Manila, 25 August 2021 – The Department of Science and Technology - Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) presented its new guidelines in facility sharing and technical services through a virtual industry dialogue. The presentation of the guidelines is an initiative to better serve the metals, engineering, and allied industries.
The MIRDC offers technical services such as testing, calibration, metrology, training, technical consultancy, design, heat treatment, machining, metal casting, metal finishing, welding, and fabrication. In his message, DOST-MIRDC Executive Director Robert O. Dizon said that although the MIRDC offers these services, the systems and procedures are not clearly defined. "There is still room for improvements," Director Dizon pointed out that the guidelines, which were formulated based on the Center’s collaboration with the industry, are intended to maximize the industry’s utilization of the DOST-MIRDC facilities.
Dr. Agustin M. Fudolig, MIRDC Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development, further discussed that MIRDC will offer technical services based on its mandate and will undertake research and development to fully support the industry players in the manufacture and disposition of metal products. He emphasized that MIRDC shall not compete with the private sector, but rather complement them in the conduct of technical services.
“We value the partnership with the industry associations," said Engr. Jonathan Q. Puerto, MIRDC Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services, in his closing remarks. He assured that the MIRDC, being a dynamic organization, continues to provide technologies and services to the metals, engineering, and allied industries.
There were 187 who attended the industry dialogue, mostly company members from different industry associations, academe, and government.