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MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Mar 6 (PIA) – Key officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways - Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO) will undergo series of trainings in the next two months in preparation for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 compliance by October 2017.

DPWH-SLDEO Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia said that the announcement was made after the recent ISO benchmarking at the DPWH 4th Leyte District Engineering Office in Ormoc City, the first district office of the department in the region to comply the ISO 9001:2008 standards. She said that lots of ideas were embraced on how and where to start and what to do, saying that “we have already started long ago the 5S, but we need refinement.” It was learned that the 5S are sort, systemise, sanitize, standardize, and self-discipline. Junia informed that the SLDEO has organized a core team to undergo series of training until April this year for the ISO 9001:2015, moving higher than the older ISO 9001:2008 version in preparation for audit from the Development Academy of the Philippines, Internal Audit Service, and from a 3rd party. Although the Southern Leyte office was not included as pilot for ISO certification, they have already started the process last year, the source added.   In Eastern Visayas, the DPWH offices required to pilot ISO certification last year are the regional office in Palo, Leyte and 4th Leyte district engineering office. This year, they have to upgrade from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. Compared to ISO 9001:2008, the new ISO 9001:2015 published on Sept. 23, 2015, strives to give additional momentum to the continuous and systematic improvement of processes within organisations. ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular and most commonly used standard for quality management systems. As part of its journey to ISO 9001, the SLDEO has been working to help employees familiarize and even memorize the DPWH vision, mission, core values, quality policy. Printed copies were posted in strategic areas of every section. (ajc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)