Having been trained to relevant knowledge and technicalities related to the transition of an office from ISO 9001:2008 to the 2015 version, employees of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 10 finally went through the second leg of ISO 9001:2015 external audit on May 29, 2018. External auditors from AJA Registrars, Incorporated first checked the processes in the provincial offices of DTI-10 in Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental before conducting its audit for the regional office.

Selected process owners were made to explain the existing processes and its improvements which were aligned to the 2015 version. The 2015 version falls under the umbrella of ISO 9000 or the set of standards which are continually being developed by nominated standards experts from 160 nations. Prior to the second-stage external audit on ISO 9001:2015, most employees participated in the orientation on the DTI-10 Quality Management System conducted by leaders of the DTI-10 Internal Quality Auditors last May 18, 2018. Participants who attended the orientation learned the importance of the two (2) new concepts of the 2015 version: the (1) the Context of the Organization (COTO) and (2) Risk-Based Thinking (RBT).

During the closing ceremony of the actual second-stage audit, AJA auditors Joel Ravanilla, Jr. and Virginio Aris laid all the details where DTI-10 can improve on. Having reviewed all the necessary actions and details on the existing processes, the AJA auditors then declared that DTI-10 is recommended for the certification of ISO 9001:2015.

All offices under DTI 10 have maintained the standardization clauses under the ISO 9001:2008 for eight years. The latest re-certification received by DTI 10 was back in December 15, 2016 which was duly certified by AJA Registrars, Incorporated. (mslalamban/roord)♦

Date of release: 9 July 2019