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Under Dr. Gonzales’s Leadership, NMIS Now ISO – Certified

Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales, the National Meat Inspection Service Central Office and NMIS Regional Technical Operation Centers IV–A, VII, and XI, the four sites that have undergone accreditation process, have obtained their ISO 9001:2015 certification. TUV Rheinland, an international certification body, awarded the certificates during a hand–over ceremony held on April 23, 2018 at the SHE Hall of NMISTDC Building in Quezon City. The scope of the certification is the provision of meat inspection service, licensing and registration of meat establishments and meat import and export assistance.

In a speech delivered during the ceremony, Dr. Gonzales emphasized that the NMIS mandate is not to compromise meat safety. He underscored that in order not to compromise meat safety, he applies a leadership style with a heart. He also said that this year, his priority is to be able implement the NMIS Quality Management System. Dr. Gonzales also added that implementing QMS can only be done if you serve with a heart. Leadership is not that simple, you should be able to put your heart in what you are doing, he further added. As government workers, our mandate is to serve the Filipino people, Dr. Gonzales concluded.

In the same event, Mr. Tristan Arwen G. Loveres, Managing Director of the TUV Rheinland, Philippines, Inc., pointed out that they evaluated and certified the efficacy of the NMIS’ implementation of its QMS and that having certified to ISO 9001:2015 is a testament that NMIS is compliant to the latest version of international standards on management system, particularly on leadership and risk management. He declared that NMIS’ hard work in terms of establishing and implementing its QMS ended up on its certification. But, there is yet a greater challenge for NMIS to achieve and, that is, maintaining the system with its commitment and passion. He added that NMIS must not only implement but also continuously improved its established management system.

The NMIS quest for ISO started in 2010 when initial stages for certification took place. It was revived in 2017 and the management put up a serious effort to have the agency finally pass the certification process. The effort paid off, and, in January this year, the certification body rendered a decision to award NMIS with ISO 9001:2015 certification.

The certification was done in accordance with the Executive Order No. 605 s. of 2007 Institutionalizing the Structure, Mechanism, and Standards to Implement the Government Quality Management Program and the Department of Budget Management’s Memorandum Circular No. 2017 – 1 dated March 9, 2017 prescribing the guidelines on the ISO – aligned QMS Documents as a requirement for the granting of the FY Performance Based Bonus. Shiela B. Endrina – Information Officer II.