“You are really determined to move forward towards performance excellence. With that, you are again recommended for renewal of your ISO 9001:2015 Certification.”
Lead Auditor of the Certification International Philippines (CIP) Mr. Florante P. Zarate announced this during the closing meeting with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 1 (DA-RFO I) Top Management and staff, together with his co-auditor Ms. Lyn Angela Cayetano, after concluding the surveillance audit on November 27, 2019 at the regional office.
The Surveillance Audit is part of a 3-year certification cycle that DA-RFO I has to undergo to be able to renew its ISO 9001:2015 certification which was issued last December of 2018.
The certification is only valid for three years, hence, DA-RFO I must be able to comply with all the requirements of the standards in a three-year period before it can renew the certification once it lapses.
Prior to the conduct of audit at the regional office, the Ilocos Integrated Agricultural Research Center (ILIARC) in Bacnotan, La Union and the Pangasinan Research & Experiment Center (PREC) in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan were the focus of the Surveillance Audit on November 26,2019.
The DA-RFO I's enrolled processes were subjected for audit to ensure that the department's Quality Management System (QMS) is in place and faithfully implemented in its everyday operations conforming to the requirements of the standards.
With only 4 minor non-conformities observed at the regional office and one from PREC, Dir. Lucrecio R. Alviar Jr, DA-RFO I Regional Executive Director, is very optimistic that the department can be able to sustain its certification.
'We are all in this together, for as long as we remain committed and adhering strictly to our Quality Management System's compliance to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, we can achieve our goal to remain ISO certified.", Alviar said.
As a result of the Audit, out of the 13 minor non-conformities during the stage 2 audit, the DA-RFO I has trimmed it down to only 4 minor non-conformities.
The auditors shall submit their conclusion and make the final report within seven working days after the surveillance audit. After that, DA-RFO I is required to make corrective actions to address the minor non-conformities and submit a response within 30 calendar days.
Of all the 16 DA-Regional Field Offices entire the country, only DA-RFO 1 and DA-RFO 2 are ISO 9001:2015 Certified at the moment. Both offices were headed by Dir. Alviar and acquired their certification in his term as Regional Executive Director.
- RAFIS Ilocos Region