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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region-02 Cagayan Valley was awarded the prestigious national Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Recognition for Commitment to Quality Management during the conferment ceremonies at Malacañang Palace held September 22, 2015. Assistant Secretary Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada together with the Officer-in Charge, Regional Director of DOST 02, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang received the PQA Trophy from his Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III. Dr. Tejada was the Regional Director of DOST 02 at the time of the PQA Application and was promoted as Assistant Secretary and Program Manager for Countryside Development of the DOST a year after.
The Philippine Quality Award (PQA) is the country’s highest level of recognition given to government and private organizations for performance excellence equivalent to the very prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program of the United States.The PQA focuses on seven (7) criteria categories: (1) Leadership; (2) Strategic Planning; (3)Customer Focus; (4) Measurement, Analysis, Knowledge Management; (5) Workforce Focus; (6) Process Management, and (7) Results.
DOST 02 is the first national government agency in Region 02 accorded the PQA award and the only government sector awardee in the 17th PQA Cycle. The other awardees are: SMC Yamamura Fuso Molds Corporation, ROHM Electronics Philippines, Inc., STMicroelectronics Inc.,nall business companies and two from academic institutions namely; the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila, and the Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna.
DOST 02’s relentless efforts to achieving organizational performance is in believing in the human capital placing the highest importance in its workforce enhancing their learning skills in order to provide the quality service to its customers. Also, the reason behind DOST 02’s successes it had achieved is in the lines “we are a platoon, but we work like a battalion”. And as a team, whatever success is celebrated valuing contributions done by everyone living by the tagline “Working Together, Sharing Together, Celebrating Together”.
DOST 02 started its journey to the PQA with the creation of its Performance Excellence Team (PET) putting in place the ISO 9001 Quality Management and the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 of its Chemical and Microbiological and Metrology testing laboratories. Apart from the ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the DOST 02 laboratories also pursued other certifications and accreditation from regulatory bodies like the DENR-EMB, DOH-FDA and DOH. Maintaining these certifications standards is its relentless pursuit for continual improvement and total quality.
President Benigno S. Aquino III confers the Recognition for Commitment to Quality Management to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Region 02, represented by Science and Technology Assistant Secretary Dr. Urdujah A. Tejada and DOST Region 02 Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang.