The Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) celebrates again its annual commemoration of the importance of standards and standardization activities in protecting the consumers’ right to safety through the National Standards Week (NSW). NSW is celebrated every 8 to 14 October by virtue of Proclamation No. 1327, s. 1974, which also assigned the DTI-BPS to lead the yearly observance.

NSW is celebrated alongside the World Standards Day (WSD), which is held every 14th of October. This year’s NSW adopts the WSD theme, ‘Shared vision for a better world’. The theme emphasizes on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which project to address social imbalances, develop a sustainable economy, and slow the rate of climate change, are highly ambitious. To reach them will require the cooperation of many public and private partners, and the use of all available tools, including international standards and conformity assessment.  

The WSD celebration is led by the major international standardization organizations namely, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The DTI-BPS is a member to the ISO and the IEC as part of the Philippines’ commitment to the World Trade Organization – Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (WTO-TBT).

Due to the continuing community quarantines imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DTI-BPS carries on with conducting its NSW and WSD events online.

2nd Kapihan sa BPS

This year’s Kapihan, to be held on October 11, 2021 (Monday) at 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, will be a free-flowing Q&A with the BPS Management Committee composed of the Director, the Asst. Director and the Division Chiefs.
They will be joined by the agency’s Section Heads. The interactive webinar will feature two (2) segments, Itanong kay Usec! and BPS Para Sa Bayan (Q&A Proper). Please register at to participate.

BPS Testing Laboratory (BPSTL) Virtual Tour

The BPS Testing Laboratory (BPSTL) Virtual Tour, to be held on October 12, 2021 (Tuesday) at 9:30 AM – 12:00 NN, aims to demonstrate how the BPSTL conducts product testing and instill the importance of ensuring the safety and reliability of products for consumers. For this year, the tour will feature its newly established steel and ceramic tiles testing facilities. Interested participants may register at to participate.

National Standards Week (NSW) TikTok Contest

TikTok is currently one of the leading and most popular social apps in the Philippines. This year, the BPS attempts to ride with the trend to better and more effectively engage with the public by conducting a TikTok contest. The theme is “Standard and Technical Regulation” and all entries must discuss the difference between a standard and a technical regulation in a fun, engaging, and creative manner.  PHP 28,000 worth of Sodexo Gift Certificates await the winners. Submission period is from 27 September to 03 October 2021 and the Awarding Ceremony is on October 13, 2021. Please visit the BPS Facebook Page for the mechanics.

Standards Stakeholders Conference 2021

The Standards Stakeholders Conference (SSC) is an annual event that brings together relevant partner stakeholders to discuss important issues and developments in standardization towards trade and industry growth, sustainable development, and consumer protection. This year’s SSC will be held on October 14, 2021 at 8:30 AM to 12:00 NN. Please register at to participate.

Date of Release: 13 October 2021