Clients at the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute can now have safer, more convenient transactions at PNRI’s one-stop shop for business transactions called iPOSSH or the Interim PNRI One-Stop-Shop. (Photo by Niňa Grace S. Pineda | PNRI-Nuclear Information and Documentation Section)
PNRI enhances one-stop shop for biz transactions
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently relaunched its one-stop shop for business transactions with enhanced features. Called iPOSSH, or the Interim PNRI One-Stop-Shop, the site serves as the centralized venue for nuclear services transactions with DOST-PNRI’s clients.
Clients transacting for various services of PNRI are directed to the iPOSSH after an online appointment is completed. At the iPOSSH, clients can pay for the services they want to avail of and will be issued official receipts onsite.
“iPOSSH has been established years ago, but the pandemic prompted the Institute to make it more accessible but at the same time safe for the clients,” said Dr. Preciosa Corazon Pabroa, PNRI’s Nuclear Services Division chief. “During the pandemic, iPOSSH was relocated near the PNRI back gate to make it easier for the clients to transact.”
As the health protocols eased up, the iPOSSH was refurbished, including the setting up of airconditioning system, to make the place more comfortable for clients, according to Dr. Pabroa.
“It is the Institute’s initiative for ease of doing business to all PNRI customers while keeping PNRI premises secure," she added.
She also explained that it is currently “Interim” because the place will later be expanded physically and its various services will be made available daily. As of this report, transactions for various services are still on a schedule basis.
As the sole government agency mandated to conduct research and development activities and provide services in the field of nuclear science and technology, PNRI caters to clients who make use of the unique capability and versatility of nuclear technology. Some of the services offered are microbial disinfestation in agricultural products, sterilization of medical devices and PPEs, radiological health and safety, and solutions to industrial technical problems.
PNRI’s nuclear services, including the iPOSSH, benefitted from OneLab, a DOST program which networks local and international laboratories to make services
available and accessible to Filipinos regardless of their location in the country. Through OneLab, PNRI was able to beef up its personnel support and equipment.
Laboratories and facilities involved under the OneLab Network are under the following sections of the Institute: Radiation Protection Services, Irradiation Services, Nuclear Analytical Techniques Application, and the Biomedical Research. iPOSSH caters to clients availing of services offered in said sections.
Report from the PNRI’s OneLab showed that the increasing trend of the Institute’s clientele, making PNRI the top income earner among the DOST agencies.
In 2019, PNRI generated an income of PhP 31,641,100 from nuclear services alone. This is more than 85% of the Institute's total income for the year and the highest among the diﬀerent DOST laboratories under the OneLab network. Data from 2015 to 2019 show an increasing trend in PNRI’s income, as well as the number of samples and tests carried out in its laboratories.
How to use iPOSSH
Clients who want to avail of PNRI’s nuclear services, as well as licensing and inspection services, have to set up an appointment first at the Institute’s online service portal at https://services.pnri.dost.gov.ph. After appointment confirmation, clients will transact at the iPOSSH, located at the PNRI Gate 2 along Central Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City.
The IPOSSH is open daily from 9:00AM to 4PM. Transaction schedules are the following:
Radiation Protection Services: Mon/Wed/Fri
Irradiation Services: Mon/Tues/Thurs
Nuclear Analytical Services: Tues/Thurs
Engineering Services: Mon/Tues/Thurs
Licensing, Review and Evaluation: Mon/Wed/Fri
Inspection and Enforcement: Wed/Fri
Isotope Techniques Services: As per scheduled date
Clients going to iPOSSH are advised to observe minimum health protocols, and to bring valid ID and copy of confirmed appointment. All samples, equipment, or documents should be placed in a plastic bag as these will be disinfected upon client’s entrance at PNRI. Further, the confirmed appointment is valid only for the indicated date and time. Clients are advised to arrive according to schedule to avoid forfeiture of slot.