Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Secretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG), Mary Jean T. Pacheco, joins the participants in a photo opportunity after she graced the event through her welcome remarks during the CABs forum conducted by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau’s (PAB) Laboratory Accreditation Division (LAD).

The Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) held the first-ever Conformity Assessment Bodies Forum (CABs Forum) at the Ruby B. Room, Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Ortigas, Quezon City on 04 July 2019. A total of 173 participants from inspection bodies, testing and calibration laboratories and medical laboratories coming from the government and private sectors attended the event.

Competitiveness and Innovation Group (CIG) Assistant Secretary Mary Jean T. Pacheco graced the event and welcomed the participants on behalf of CIG Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba. She stressed that the growing number of CABs greatly contributes to a stronger National Quality Infrastructure. She also highlighted that CABs are exposed to many business opportunities. CABs may benefit from the government’s push to implement stricter regulations, like for instance, in the construction industry where testing and certification are needed most. She encouraged CABs to preserve the integrity of the conformity assessment processes, urging them to take an active participation in the policy formulation of the government.

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