Certification is for environment management
TUGUEGARAO CITY: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) has secured its International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 registration certificate after passing the global standards of quality management system (QMS).
Corie Corpuz, DENR-Region 2 information officer, said the issued registration certificate — which is valid for three years — consists of public administration covering the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources.
“The Cagayan Valley region is the pilot region for DENR in Luzon for the ISO accreditation,” Corpuz said.
She said that with the regional office, the provincial environment and natural resources (PENR) office of Isabela province, and community environment and natural resources (CENR) office of San Isidro town in Isabela were also pilot offices.
It was the Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars, an international independent certification body, that conducted the audit and assessment of the management systems of DENR Region 2 against the requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
Corpuz said the third-party auditors assessed three major processes. These are management processes (strategic and program planning, and performance evaluation), core processes (ENR conservation and development, ENR management and regulation, ENR law enforcement and monitoring), and support processes (financial management, human resource management, knowledge and information systems, property and supply management, general services, documented information management, legal support, issue management, and information, education and dommunication).
Engineer Marcos Dacanay, DENR Region 2 lead auditor and assistant regional director for management services, said ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system that employs international standards.
“Through the ISO certification, we ensure that our internal and external stakeholders are satisfied with the quality of service we provide them without sacrificing our laws, rules and regulations,” Dacanay said.
Lawyer Antonio Abawag, DENR Region 2 executive director, lauded the QMS Core Team and Internal Quality Audit (IQA) Team for successfully facilitating the rigorous requirements, particularly in putting office procedures in proper order.
The QMS Core Team was composed of the assistant regional directors, division chiefs, PENRO of Isabela and CENRO of San Isidro.
Members of the IQA Team were PENRO Marlon Agnar, Planning and Management Division chief Lea Daquioag, Finance Division chief Rommel Valdez, Enforcement Division chief Joel Daquioag, CENR officer Felix Ganapin, CENR officer Federico Cauilan Jr. and Management Services Division chief Mylene Madduma.