"This APQO Story was delivered by Dr. Miflora Gatchalian during the 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Industrial Quality Control (APC-IQC '81) held in Manila, Philippines last December 1-6, 1981."
- Walt L. Hurd
- James Harrington
- Kaouru Ishikawa
- Miflora Gatchalian
- Yuanzhang Liu
- Carmen Loot
The above mentioned persons were/are the pillars that never waivered in their support and unselfishly served APQO for the past 20 years. They have been part of the organization since it was formed. We are grateful for the dedication and commitment they have shown in supporting the dreams of APQO.
THE APQO STORY
Once upon a time in the early months of 1981, The Philippine Society for Quality Control (PSQC, Inc.) dreamed what then seemed to be an impossible dream. This was to organize an INTERNATIONAL Asia Pacific Congress on Quality Control in the Philippines. The objective was to focus the attention on Quality Control the fastest way possible. With the support of the Philippine Ministry of Trade and Industry and Productivity Development Center-Development Academy of the Philippines, the FIRST Asia Pacific Congress on Industrial Quality Control (APC-IQC '81) took place on December 1-6, 1981 in Manila.
The major goal of APC-IQC '82 was to call the attention of most Asia Pacific Nations to the need for cooperative efforts for quality awareness and practice. The expected output was the possibility of an Asia Pacific Quality Control Association.
There were sixteen nations represented in the first APC-IQC '81. Eight of these countries had either a quality control, standards, or productivity organizations. Two of the major outputs of the five-day congress was:
- First, the unanimous approval of a second congress to be held in Mexico City in 1983
- Second, the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee which was expected to perform the task of providing assurance that the Asia Pacific Quality Control Organization be formed.
The second APC-IQC '83 was organized in Mexico through the efforts of the Mexican Institute for Quality Control (IMECCA) under the leadership of Engr. Agapito Gonzales and Engr. Jose Fco. Prado Gonzalez. The intensive meetings of the APQCO Executive Committee represented by thirteen (13) countries ended with the ratification of the APQCO constitution. However, the APQCO Core Council (governing body) could not be organized and consequently the Executive Committee requested the APQCO Ad Hoc Committee Chairman to continue her work until 1985 when the first set of APQCO officers would be elected. Also, at the Mexico meeting, Dr. Yuanzhang Z. Liu in behalf of CQCA of PROC, confirmed their country's hosting of the 3rd APC-IQC '85 in Beijing.
The APQCO constitution, ratified in Mexico City, was definite about the organization's major objectives and goals. The approach to its organization was made clear during the Manila Ad Hoc Committee Meeting held on April 22-23, 1985. The APQCO Core Council will be composed of its "Founding Members" which will be convened on October 22, 1985 in Beijing.
APQCO is organized to bring into actuality the dream of seeing the Asia Pacific nations: First, to grow in their awareness of the need for product quality; second, to increase their desire to practice the right approaches for quality control; third, to obtain the much needed information, knowledge and assistance from the more affluent Asia Pacific countries and other neighbors; and fourth, to increase interactions between the affluent developed nations and the less fortunate developing ones in the Asia Pacific regions.
CHALLENGES TO THE QUALITY EXPERTS
The APQCO dreams can be made into a reality if sacrifices can be elicited from those who have the capacity to share. The bi-annual congresses (APC-QC) can provide the stage for the proper realization of dreams. Quality experts all over the world can certainly provide both the inspiration and the direction for the right attitudes relative quality. Interchange of new knowledge and ideas can provide incentives for proper application of quality control procedures.
The APCQC publicity in the two years before, during and after each congress will draw more and more attention to the importance of quality control. This will in effect promote quality awareness on a large scale in the Asia Pacific region.
Speed of quality promotions can be further facilitated if well-known international experts who are very well respected can offer their services at least cost to neighboring Asia Pacific countries near the congress site. Their publicized presence alone can create much interest on quality concepts in the country visited.
Affluent countries with well-funded quality organizations like the ASQC or EOQC or JUSE, can share their extra publications and/or proceedings with needy nations who cannot afford to purchase foreign materials. Even extra newsletters and old quality magazines (i.e., quality progress) are worthy materials which may still be current useful to many developing nations. Perhaps, through APQCO all these can be shared and idea interchange fostered.
Note : APQCO was re-named APQO in 1994 on a unanimous decision of the Core Council during its Annual meeting hosted by the Institute of Quality, Malaysia.
- Agapito Gonzalez