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DOST-Bicol office now ISO certificate holder

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 28 – For providing top quality scientific and technology transfer services, science promotion, science and technology (S&T)) information dissemination and S&T scholarships, the regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for Bicol has recently been awarded an ISO 9001:2008 certificate.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.

It is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government.

On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations, thus ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.

The certificate awarded by the Certificate International Philippines Incorporated (CIPI) that is valid from March 2010 to March 2013, according to its regional director, Tomas Briñas here on Tuesday attests that his office has met international standards for efficient management and quality services.

ISO 9001 is recognized as the most prevalent international standard and provides a framework that enables businesses to develop and implement their own quality-management.

It drives best practice and helps organizations to become more efficient. Working with ISO 9001 shows that an organization has a definite commitment to quality which is a powerful message that can help to acquire and retain clienteles, while simultaneously improving its efficiency.

Since the start of its operations in the country, CIPI, an affiliate of a British company Certification International U.K. Ltd. has already certified more than 900 Philippine and multinational companies who are leaders in their respective industry or service sectors. Also among its customers are government agencies and government corporations.

In accepting the certificate last week, Briñas said employees of the DOST regional office played an important role in supporting ISO implementation, maintenance and improvement in line with establishment requirements.

“We have 30 personnel who have actively participated in a DOST sponsored ISO seminar on Quality Management System in preparation for the anticipated awarding of the ISO accreditation,” Briñas said. (PNA)

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