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To Greater Heights: Government Quality Management Committee recognizes ATI
MANILA -- Valuing a quality agricultural extension and training service delivery, the Government Quality Management Committee (GQMC) recently awarded the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) with a plaque of recognition for successfully establishing a Quality Management System Certification to ISO 9001:2008 standards.
Moreover, selected training centers of the ATI from regions II, VI, VIII, XIII, Caraga, Cordillera Administrative Region, and International Training Center on Pig Husbandry have successfully earned the certification, passing last year’s surveillance audit which covered development and provision of trainings, knowledge products and services, accreditation of extension service providers, scholarships, alliance building, national extension system planning, and monitoring and evaluation.
Along with 179 government agencies, ATI is able to enhance their efficiency, reliability, responsiveness, and transparency, proving that the public sector can also comply with the said ISO standards.
The awarding ceremony’s Guest of Honor, Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” G. Robredo, congratulated the awardees commending their dedication, hard work, and sacrifices to attain the certification. Moreover, Department of Budget and Management Secretary and GQMC Chairman, Benjamin E. Diokno challenged the awardees to continuously improve the commitment of delivering quality service.
In accordance with Executive Order No. 605, which refers to Institutionalizing The Structure, Mechanisms and Standards to Implement the Government Quality Management Program, Amending for the Purpose Administrative Order No. 161, series of 2006), the program aims to strengthen institutional capacities of public sector organizations in delivering citizen-focused public services and in implementing international strandards-based quality management system.
The GQMC is composed of the DBM Secretary as Chairman, the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry as Co-chair, Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Deputy Executive Secretary, Office of the President-Internal Audit Office and President of the Development Academy of the Philippines as members.
Deputy Director Alfredo S. Aton received the award in behalf of ATI during GQMC’s 4th Recognition Ceremony held at Diosdado Macapagal Auditorium, Landbank Plaza, Malate, Manila last November 2016.