THE Department of Energy (DOE) collaborated with the European Union-Access to Sustainable Energy Program (EU-ASEP) in a three-day intensive training to ensure the quality of energy infrastructures in the country.
The training-workshop began last Wednesday ended on Friday, April 13. The first day of the workshop was conducted at the F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City while the second and third days were at the DOE headquarters.
It focused on the Philippine National Quality Infrastructure (PNQI), which enables the development and compliance of the government agencies, specifically the DOE, with the increasing quality requirements in the energy industry. PNQI provides support to the national authorities in performing their mandates for consumer protection, free trade, environmental protection and other societal objectives.
“This will help build the capacity of the DOE to promote energy efficiency through monitoring, verifying and enforcing,” said DOE Assistant Secretary Robert Uy during his opening remarks who also acknowledged EU’s assistance in promoting PNQI awareness and knowledge.
The DOE-EU-ASEP partnership aims to provide the DOE with a working knowledge of the internationally-recognized standards and processes in the energy sector. This will also increase knowledge and appreciation on the PNQI benefits among government decision makers, legislators, regulators, industry and consumers.
The event tackled the standards issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the joint committee of ISO/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that will be applied for the PNQI, namely, ISO/IEC 17020:2012 and ISO 9001.