The Agricultural Training Institute-Central Luzon (ATI-CL) has undergone the 2nd Readiness Assessment in verification of the compliance of the implemented and maintained management system against the requirement of the ISO 9001:2015 on August 8-9, 2019 in its regional training center in Dinalupihan, Bataan.
All sections and units of the center namely: Office of the Director (OD); Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PMEU); Information Services Section (ISS); Career Development and Management Services Section (CDMSS); Partnership and Accreditation Services Section (PASS); General Services Section (GSS); Satellite Document Control Office (SDCO); Admin and Finance Unit; and Internal Quality Audit (IQA) Unit; were assessed based on their quality objectives and their implementation and maintenance of the management system required by the ISO 9001:2015.
In addition, one of the goals of the assessment is to determine if risks and opportunities were monitored and actions were closed. Moreover, it aims to verify effective implementation of actions taken of the previous findings from TUV SUD and during the readiness assessment.
Engr. Paul C. Mondoñedo, Third Party Auditor, revealed that the center had 13 findings: four (4) opportunities for improvement; eight (8) minor non-compliance; and one (1) major non-compliance. Awards were also given to the sections which showed unique and exemplary performance during the activity. There were 6 minor awards and 4 major awards.
Under the minor awards, the Longevity Award 2019 was bagged by the PMEU, in which they had the longest assessment period. In addition, the Stewardship Award was given to all sections in which they have observed the section chief’s leadership and presence during the Readiness Assessment period. Meanwhile, the Fastest Gun Award was granted to the PASS for showing speed in producing the required documents. Also, the Coffee Award was given to the IQA Unit for showing hospitality to the auditor during the assessment. The Grace Under Pressure Award was also granted to the IQA unit because they showcased presence of mind and grace under pressure during the audit. Moreover, the Most Committed Team Award was bagged by the ISS for exuding efficiency, readiness, and displaying exemplary teamwork during the assessment.
For the major awards, the Raising The Bar Award 2019 was given to the CDMSS for devising the most number innovations in the office. The Best 5S Office Award 2019, showing well-arranged and kept documents as well as good office ergonomics, and the Least Audit Findings Award 2019, were granted to the ISS.
The ISS was also proclaimed as the Readiness Assessment Champion 2019 for being the most improved section in implementing ISO Quality Management System (QMS) Standard. As the Chief of the ISS, Mr. Aeron P. Bermudez quipped, “I am ecstatic that all of our efforts were recognized, and I hope that our achievements would serve as a good example to other sections. Following the ISO 9001:2015, it is an assurance that rendering service to the public is efficient and with utmost quality.”
ATI-CL Center Director, Veronica Concepcion Esguerra, hoped that the center will be ready for its surveillance audit in October, and all of the findings will be implemented and complied.
Following the readiness assessment, the center will undergo its surveillance audit on October 3-4, 2019. ATI-CL has obtained ISO 9001:2015 certification for the QMS in December 2018. The certification attests to the compliance of the QMS of the center with the standards of the new version of ISO 9001, which is the international standard that specified requirements for a QMS that ensures consistency of products and services through quality processes. (EDLañada)