UM gets first institutional ISO in Mindanao
With this distinction, UM became the first educational institution in Mindanao to be awarded the ISO certificate due to its well established quality management system. In order to obtain an ISO certification, the organization applying for it must have a clear sense of focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approval, system approach, continual improvement, and factual approach to decision-making, among others.
Gerald Dela Rosa, SGS representative, said during the certification ceremony that the UM created a benchmark in Mindanao. He said the recognition represented the hardwork of both the management, staff and students.
“What you have started and accomplished is highly commendable. There is evident motivation to continuously strive to have better knowledge of your methodologies and increase awareness in the importance of consistently improving your system,” he said.
The SGS, is a multinational company headquartered in Geneva, Switzeland which provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services. It operates 1,350 offices and laboratories worldwide.
Dela Rosa is accompanied by Mr. Arnold Dizon, another SGS Auditor, in presenting the ISO certificate to UM officials.
Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr., UM President and chairman of the board, expressed his gratitude in receiving the certificate.
“We are proud and deeply honored that the University of Mindanao has received finally the ISO 9001:2008 certificate for quaity management system,” he said.
He said that no other colleges and universities in Mindanao has this kind of recognition. Being ISO-certified will benefit the students and made the university at par with international educational institutions.
“The education of the students will be recognized globally because once they receive their diploma there is also an ISO seal. ISO is the only accredited certifying organization globally,” he said, adding that they can gain an edge in terms of employment.