It is a necessary part. Getting to know first who offer the lowest possible price without sacrificing reliable result. There are other two criteria beside cost, the availability of tests and accessibility, which is nearer to my place or more comfortable to go to.
Most private companies never replied to my inquiry. Some replied with a question and never bother answering again. I feel like they are only accommodating big time companies and not small fry like me. PIPAC, Optimal Laboratories, SentroTek and SGS Philippines.
I used email as form of communication. I have been using it effectively for years now. Maybe they are not.
The two government owned replied politely. Regional Services and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) Region IVA and FNRI DOST. I chose the latter cause they have more on the list. In addition, both have price-list posted on their respective website. The price list of FNRI was not updated however.
I took the commute route. Indang, Pala-pala, Alabang, Bicutan. The FNRI Building is located inside the DOST compound. I walked from the last jeepney stop to the building. I knew it was not far and allowed me to do moderate exercise (with lot of sweat).
Upon entrance, the lady guard gave me a piece of evaluation paper. It meant I need to evaluate whoever accommodates me in lab section. It was part of their ISO according to her. I went upstairs after. They are very accommodating. A bit surprised on the computed price. It was too far beyond what I assumed based on their price list posted on website. That thing sent me to a trip outside to fill-in my budget.
Due to overwhelming test request, the earliest release of result is about one month, two months the most. I requested the results emailed to once all the test are done.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.