LAOAG CITY—The Department of Agrarian Reform-Ilocos Norte (DAR Ilocos Norte) earned its ISO 9001:2015 certification following the successful establishment of its quality management systems (QMS) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The certification process was administered by TUV NORD Philippines, Inc. through remote two-stage audit which was held on Nov. 4 and 11, 2021. During the audit, DAR Ilocos Norte was assisted by ISO consultant Christine Lazaro.

ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification provides a model in building an effective QMS.

The standard is based on several quality management principles, including having a strong customer focus and high-level management.

Provincial agrarian reform program officer II (PARPO II) Vic M. Ines said “The management conveys our sincerest thanks and appreciation as we recognize the substantial efforts  and contributions casted by the entire DAR Ilocos Norte workforce for hurdling the ISO 9001:2015 certification.”

“All the sacrifices invested, despite the problems brought about by the pandemic, are contributory to the success in our bid to establish a quality management system,” PARPO II Ines added. (JRPG)