International organization tags Ilocos Norte as the first fully ISO-certified province in the Philippines

LAOAG CITY – An international organization that has been assisting industry to make it more efficient and effective has tagged Ilocos Norte as the first fully ISO-certified province in the Philippines February 1, a day before its 195th founding anniversary.

“With all Capitol offices successfully passing the ISO certification process, the certifying body conferred the ISO 9001: 2008 certification to the provincial government after finding no single major non-conformity during the second stage of the external audit,” Luisito Arada, head of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) audit team,  made this announcement before provincial officials and employees headed by Gov. Imee R. Marcos, Atty. Windell Chua, the designated quality management representative and provincial administrator.

In a statement, Marcos said: “It’s something that we can really be proud of dahil international standard yan…German pa yung template na ginagamit natin at ‘yung mga auditors natin ay talaga namang mababagsik.”

Marcos also pointed out how Ilocos Norte’s achievement in ISO can serve as a template to other provinces in the country and how it can contribute to the province’s efforts towards sustainable development.

“I think this is a real advantage to the investors…and hopefully the other people who will be coming to Ilocos Norte to visit, makikita nila na entirely transparent, predictable and reliable ang transakyon sa probinsya,” she added.

Meanwhile, Arada pointed out that good practices implemented by the provincial governemt such as the putting up of a document tracking system to efficiently manage all documented transactions and the major face-lifting of government buildings including the Ilocos Norte provincial jail contributed to the positive outcome of the process.

Before ISO, a group which oversees service procedures and gives state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective, Ilocos Norte has already been listed as one of the consistent top performing provinces in the country by the Department of the Interior and Local Government last August 2012.

The move to get the ISO-certification for Ilocos Norte  started last September 25, 2012 with all the provincial office heads and employees undergoing ISO orientation and training with the help of MacroVision Consultancy, a Philippine-based group which offers in-company training on management systems including those which are ISO-related. (With report of Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)