President Arroyo cites PSALM ISO Certification

28 Dec 2009

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently cited the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corporation for having obtained ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS) Certification for its business processes that now conform to internationally-recognized management standards.

PSALM, along with 34 national and local government units, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and government financial institutions from the National Capital Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, and Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12, received a Certificate of Recognition from President Arroyo in ceremonies held at the Malacanang Palace last 10 December 2009.

Helen E.V. San Pedro, manager of the Information Technology and Communication Department, together with Raul R. Ganaden, manager of the Asset Valuation and Disposal Department 2 and Gregory Vincent O. Ferrer, officer-in-charge of the Policy Formulation Division, received the award in behalf of PSALM.

Last June, PSALM obtained the validation for its QMS from the Certification International Philippines Inc., the Corporation's third party certifying body, after meeting all the requirements for ISO certification.

The QMS consists of a formalized system that documents the structure, responsibilities, and procedures required to achieve effective quality management. These include the objectives and processes of a company designed to focus on quality and customer satisfaction.

With the ISO certification, PSALM raised the standard of its business processes to a globally-recognized norm and strengthened its commitment to assure the world's investment community and its stakeholders of the integrity and transparency of the government's power privatization program.

The affair at Malacanang was conducted by the Government Quality Management Committee, the implementing arm of the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP), to promote and enhance the performance of the public sector and to recognize citizen-driven organizations. The committee pointed out that the awards seek to steer the Philippine bureaucracy into an institution that campaigns for and leads in the establishment of an economic environment that fosters competitiveness.

The event is also part of the implementation of Executive Order No. 605 that institutionalizes the structure, mechanisms, and standards to fulfill the Government Quality Management Program.

The GQMP membership consists of the heads of the Department of Budget and Management, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Office of the President-Internal Quality Office, and the Development Academy of the Philippines.

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