Cavite Provincial Government headed by Governor Jonvic Remulla celebrates the conferment of ISO 9001:2001 certification 27 days ahead of schedule, making another record as the first ISO certified provincial government in the Philippines. Announcement was made by Mr. Alvin S. Mojica, designated Quality Management Representative together with the ISO cor e team that made rounds in the Provincial Capitol placing “DONE” stick er s on quality policy banners installed in all offices. ISO 9001:2008 is a set of standards and requirements for the development of a quality management system commonly applied by private corporations and organizations to help ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are adequately and consistently met. These standards also enable organizations to develop mechanisms for continual improvement of products and services. The province adopted the principle of instituting a quality management system and started its campaign for ISO certification late last year while technical preparations were formally initiated in February 2012 with the launching of the Provincial government’s quality policy signifying the start of the 120 days countdown. Subject of the certification are the four core offices of the provincial government including the Treasury, Assessor’s Office, Sanguniang Panlalawigan and the Office of the Provincial Governor together with three support offices – the Human Resource Management Office, Information Technology Division and the General Services Office. The certifying body composed of Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars granted the Certificate of Attestation to the Provincial Government after finding no single major non-conformity during the second stage of the external audit. Prior to this, the provincial ISO core team conducted three quality internal audits to assess the preparedness of the subject offices followed by rigid management review meetings for corrective actions on weak points.
ISO certification process usually takes around six to eight months but with the dedication and hard work of the ISO core team and the cooperation of the entire workforce, the provincial government achieved the much awaited certification 27 days ahead of schedule.