Standardization journey a success for LGAFebruary 03, 2017
Having received their ISO 9001:2008 certification, the LGA’s preparations for the ISO 9001:2015 standards are already underway
MANILA, Philippines – After several months of implementation and two rounds of audits, the Local Government Academy (LGA) now has its certification from the International Organization for Standards (ISO).
The LGA was officially registered under ISO 9001:2008 on January 19, 2017. Their certificate will expire on September 15, 2018, while another audit is set for January 14, 2018.
Personnel from the Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars inspected the LGA on December 9, 2016 and December 27 to 28, 2016. Their audit included the agency’s core and support process as well as the organization of the employees’ work space.
According to their report, “As per the time of the audit, no non-conforming service occurred.”
Preparation for the process began as early 2014 with several orientations and workshops to get a consensus on the different processes and forms. Once these were documented or modified, the LGA’s designated internal auditing team began implementation on October 10, 2016.
With their ISO certification, the LGA will be able to maintain a consistent level of quality when designing and implementing their range of programs, projects, and activities.
New set of challenges
LGA Executive Director Marivel Sacendoncillo congratulated the staff on reaching the milestone. However, she reminded them that this success is not an invitation to complacency and told them certification should be a challenge to reach greater heights.
Their next test is already on the horizon.
Barely a month after being certified, the LGA is gearing up for ISO 9001:2015. Weekly workshops will prepare them for the transition while the new set of standards will be implemented on August 1, 2017.