• DTI inspires firms to join contest

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    THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is calling for private and public companies in Mindanao to join the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) and Philippine Quality Challenge (PQC) as part of efforts to transform them into globally competitive organizations.

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    DTI-Competitiveness Bureau (CB) Executive Director Virgilio Fulgencio noted local businesses would benefit from joining the PQA and PQC as the process would give them a 360-degree approach to gauging an organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

    “PQA and PQC will give you the opportunity to evaluate your organization, with the help of our highly qualified assessors and industry experts. This will lead your company on the right track toward organizational excellence,” Fulgencio said in a statement.

    PQA is the highest level of recognition given to organizations, based on a global standard that help a local organization attain world-class performance excellence. It is the Philippine version of the US Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) and National Quality Awards.

    On the other hand, PQC is the simplified version of the PQA, with the criteria perfect for companies interested in starting quality initiatives toward organizational excellence.

    The PQA and PQC serve as framework for competitiveness based on the principles of Total Quality Management.

    The DTI-CB is set to stage a PQA/PQC Roadshow at the Garden Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City on Thursday (today) to promote the two programs before local businesses and organization in Mindanao.

    Three PQA recipients are from Mindanao: Ciudad Medical Zamboanga (2013), Department of Science and Technology Region 9 (2013), and Department of Science and Technology Region 11 (2011).

    Fulgencio is encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to join the PQC and experience transformation into globally competitive companies.

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