After successfully launching its Corporate Plan early this year, a first in the entire DA-RFOs in the country, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I (DA-RFO I) sets its eye on being ISO 9001:2015 Certified before the year ends.
Having passed the Stage 2 Audit for Quality Management System (QMS) on Nov. 28-30, 2018 conducted by the Certification International Philippine, Inc., (CIPI) with minimal minor non-conformities to comply with, the DA-RFO I employees led by Regional Executive Director Lucrecio Alviar, Jr. expressed confidence that it could soon get its ISO 9001:2015 Certification.
Based on the Stage 2 Audit made by Mr. Michael Jordel Matundan and Ms. Aravilla Bukas of CIPI, a total of 12 minor non-conformities were noted in their Audit but could be well managed by the QMS members to comply within the set deadline.
To address the minor non-conformities, top management, together with the division heads and members of the Quality Management System set a five-day workshop to discuss and refine the required documents.
DA-RFO I was given a maximum of one month or 30-days grace period upon receipt of the report from the auditors to comply with the minor non-conformities.
This effort of the DA-RFO I to be ISO 9001:2015 certified will improve the delivery of goods and services to clients in the agri sector as it will meet International standards.
The ISO Certification is a proof that goods and services provided by an organization like the DA-RFO I is of high quality, efficient and effective towards customer satisfaction and conforms to regulatory requirements.
Should the DA-RFO I be issued with the ISO 9001:2015 Certification, it would be the second DA-Regional Field Office in the country to be ISO certified, along with the DA-RFO II in Cagayan Valley Region.