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Monday, September 21, 2015

PIA-9 gears up for ISO certification

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – Following a workshop on the Quality Management System (QMS) conducted last week at the central office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Quezon City for regional ISO focal persons, all PIA-9 personnel have also converged here to discuss the salient features and requirements for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification starting Sept. 14-17.

In her opening statement, Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga has reiterated Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma’s directive to make all PIA regional offices ISO-certified.

Director Edaga started the four-day conference-workshop with a discussion on the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) followed by the requirements for ISO 9001:2008 certification.

It can be recalled that during the QMS workshop, Secretary Coloma emphasized that with the ISO the PIA regional offices will now have the benchmark in their operations.

“We are now building a stronger agency – that is ISO-certified PIA,” Coloma stressed.

An internal audit is slated to be conducted to PIA regional offices before the end of this year and the external audit is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2016.

On the final day the group will proceed to Manuel’s place in Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte for a teambuilding activity.