DOST-Central Office gets ISO re-certification

Published April 23, 2021, 10:28 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Central Office has gained its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) re-certification after hurdling the audit conducted by the SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc.

DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña disclosed this in a Facebook post on Thursday, April 22.

“I would like to congratulate the Department of Science and Technology-Central Office (DOST-CO) for successfully passing its ISO 9001:2015 Re-certification Audit on 21 April 2021,” he said.

“This achievement was only made possible through the efforts of our hardworking DOST employees. May this re-certification serve as an inspiration for us to further strive in what we do and inspire other people too.”

The DOST chief said it was the SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc. that conducted the re-certification.

“They defined their Certification Scope for DOST as “provision of science, technology and innovation (STI) services by developing STI policies, plans and programs, managing STI resources, establishing and maintaining local and international STI collaboration and linkages, and providing support services (planning and evaluation, administrative and legal, financial and management support, and internal audit) to the DOST System”,” de la Peña said.

He said SOCOTEC took note that “the leadership of top management and commitment to Quality Management System (QMS) are still evident and implementation is still generally in place, and the implementation of strict health and safety protocols to ensure continuous provision of services, and most current programs are addressing the pandemic.”

The other positive findings noted in the re-certification were the following: “Improvement of Global Innovation Index from 54 to 50 as of audit time; Commendation from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for DOST’s good financial performance; Teamwork and support are highly evident during the audit of Financial and Management Service; and Improvement initiatives such as newly constructed or upgraded records storage area is commendable”, he added.