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TRECE MARTIRES CITY – The provincial government of Cavite was conferred an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certificate, making it the first ISO-certified local government unit (LGU) among 80 provinces in the country.
The Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars, the certifying body, granted Friday the Certificate of Attestation to the provincial government of Cavite after finding no single major non-conformity during the second stage of the external audit.
Governor Jonvic Remulla led provincial officials and employees in lauding AJA Registrars for granting the ISO Certification, 27 days ahead of the schedule.
Remulla said Cavite 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 this year with the launching by the provincial government of quality policy, signifying the start of the 120-day countdown.
ISO Certification 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 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.
Quality Management representative Alvin S. Mojica, together with the ISO core team, made the announcement Friday after making rounds and placing “DONE” stickers on quality policy banners installed in all offices of local government units in the province.
He said the ISO certification process usually took 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 before the scheduled date.
Mojica said subject of the certification were the four core offices of the provincial government, including the Treasury, Assessor’s Office, Sangguniang 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 provincial ISO core team had earlier 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, he said.