90-day countdown for Quirino’s certification to ISO starts

90-day countdown for Quirino’s certification to ISO starts

By: Thelma C. Bicarme

After the launching and signing of the province’s quality manual recently by Governor Junie E. Cua, the provincial government has started its 90-day countdown to  ISO 9001: 2008.

The ceremonial signing was held during the 69th birthday celebration of the governor last June 3, 2014 at the provincial gymnasium here.

The Provincial Government- Quality Policy Manual, the written procedures, policies, checklists on how the provincial government should operate was prepared by the Quality Management System core team composed of 25 personnel from the different offices headed by Human Resource and Management Officer Villamor “Billy” Bacani.

The manual contains the guidelines for the accepted service standard which includes the six mandatory procedures such as Control of Documents,  Control of Records, Internal Audits, Control of Non-Conforming Products,, Corrective Action and Preventive Action.

The province has started its historical walk to the international certification last September  with series of orientations, trainings, consultations, brainstorming and meetings of the QMS core teams for the preparation, restructuring and polishing of the policy manual.

On January  6-10, 2014, the core team through the assistance of the DAP conducted management review to evaluate the effectiveness of the QMS which they drafted.

The final assessment was conducted to eliminate gaps and eventually prepare  for the ISO 9001: 2008 certification.

The QMS core teams had expressed optimism that Quirino province will be able to achieve its goal to be the first local government unit to be certified in Northern Luzon to be ISO 9001: 2008 certified. (TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)