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ISO TC appoints PH as Convener for WGs on Bamboo

ISO TC appoints PH as Convener for WGs on Bamboo

The Philippines further strengthens its representation in the development of International Standards as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Bamboo and Rattan (ISO/ TC 296) appoints two of the most outstanding Filipino bamboo experts to lead its working groups.

The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) is proud to announce the appointments of Dr. Rico J. Cabangon, Chairman of the BPS Technical Committee on Bamboo and Rattan (BPS/TC 76) and Atty. Dulce Blanca Punzalan, Vice-chair of the same, as conveners of the newly established Working Group on Engineered Bamboo for General Purposes (WG 05) and WG 03 on Bamboo Charcoal, respectively. There are currently five (5) WGs under ISO/TC 296.

The establishment of WG 05 and Dr. Cabangon’s appointment were among the resolutions made in the 2018 Working Group and Plenary Meetings of the ISO/TC 296 held from September 03 to 07, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which the DTI-BPS attended. Atty. Punzalan’s appointment on the other hand, was previously settled in an ISO/ TC 296 Ballot and was announced in the same event.

 

The DTI-BPS has been a participating member to the ISO/TC 296 and all its WGs since its commencement in 2015. The WG 05’s initial agenda is to refine the title and scope of its preliminary work item while WG 03 is already progressing on its working draft.

As conveners of the ISO TC working groups, Dr. Cabangon, Atty. Punzalan and the BPS/TC 76 shall perform the following functions: (a) convene and chair meetings of the working group; (b) lead the group in reaching consensus; (c) manage the working group’s project/s to the agreed target dates and in accordance with the project plan; and (d) work to ensure that the required technical competence is available in the working group.

“This development favors greatly the growing bamboo industry in the country.”, states DTI-BPS Director, Engr. James E. Empeño. “With these new roles, our local bamboo industry will have a louder voice in the development of ISO standards on bamboo products, as our concerns and interests can now be put forward with less challenges.”, Dir. Empeño adds.

DTI – Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) Undersecretary, Atty. Ruth B. Castelo encourages experts from the bamboo industry to take an active part in standards development. Usec. Castelo conveys, “The betterment of the bamboo industry through technical standards significantly benefits the consumers, manufacturers, importers and exporters. The DTI appreciates the work of the BPS/TC 76 and is grateful for the inputs that the industry extends to the committee.”

Other than chairing BPS/TC 76, Dr. Rico J. Cabangon works as Chief of the Engineered Products Development Division under the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). Whereas, Atty. Dulce Blanca Punzalan serves as the President and COO of Filbamboo Exponents, Inc. and was appointed World Bamboo Ambassador and World Bamboo Organization representative to the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016.

The DTI-BPS, as the National Standards Body, is the official member representative of the Philippines to the ISO. For more information on standards and standardization, please call the DTI-BPS at 751.4740 or 751.4748; email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or visit http://www.bps.dti.gov.ph/.

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