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“What a great way to end 2018, and a great way to welcome 2019,” exclaimed the College President, Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza, Jr. in his Closing Remarks of the Closing Program of the ISO 9001:2015 Stage 2 Certification Audit last December 27, 2018. The President’s expression came after Mr. Eugene B. Herradura, the Management System Auditor from the AJA Registrars, Inc., revealed that he will recommend the certification of the three frontline services of the ASIST, namely: the Guidance Office, the Library, and the Registrar’s Office.

The ASIST ISO Team shared the joy felt by the College President as they, too, witnessed the revelation of Mr. Herradura after presenting the findings of the audit. The ASIST ISO Team is composed of the following: Quality Council Chairman, Dr. Gregorio T. Turqueza, Jr.; Deputy Quality Council Chairman, Dr. Noel B. Begnalen; Quality Council Members, Mrs. Ramelda B. Begnalen, Mrs. Evaflor B. Villalon, and Mrs. Marie Grace A. Reyes; Quality Assurance Director, Prof. Milandro B. Edwin; Quality Management Representative, Mr. Elizier B. Lazo; Overall Document Controller, Mr. Michael Vene S. Abalos; Overall Records Controler, Ms. Candilyn Are; Overall Quality Workplace Coordinator, Mr. Nero M. Paderes; Internal Quality Audit (IQA) Team Leader, Dr. Alexis A. Enriquez; IQA Team Members, Dr. Leticia M. Benabese, Dr. Marian Loren B. Valera, Dr. Annaliza J. Dayag, Prof. Elizabeth Fetalvero, Dr. Nilda A. Bautisa, Dr. Frances Ghia U. Tordil, Dr. Mary Joan T. Guzman, Prof. Estrelita M. Vasquez, Prof. Ma. Digna T. Bose, Dr. Gerardo B. Palcon, Prof. Milando B. Edwin, Dr. Eusebia R. Pagluanan, Dr. Mercy G. Palangdao, Mrs. Ramelda B. Begnalen, and Mrs. Marie Grace A. Reyes; Unit Document Controllers, Mr. Carlito T. Manganteng, Mr. Prince Jhen D. Alcantara, and Mr. Rusell H. Atmosfera; Unit Records Coordinators, Mr. Carlito T. Manganteng, Ms. Engel Joy Dican, and Ms. Joanah Marie L. Alcido; and Unit Quality Workplace Coordinators, Ms. Catherine A. Dumlao, Mr. Aldemar Ban-o, and Ms. Joanamarie A. Duque.

Included also in the ASIST ISO Team are members coming from the Support Offices, namely: Supply Office, Mrs. Editha B. Villamor; Human Resource Office, Mrs. Marilyn B. Bello; Records Office, Mrs. Edna Pacis; Physical Plant and Facilities, Mr. Guitolio B. Batoon; and Information Technology, Prof. Christopher John Llanda.

The ISO Certification dream of the ASIST had a long journey. It started in 2014 during the term of the immediate past President, Dr. Aurelio V. Labanen, and the time of Dr. Pablo B. Bose, Jr. as the Executive Dean of the Lagangilang Campus and concurrent Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) Focal Person. Here are some highlights of the ASIST journey to ISO Certification:

October 13, 2014 – Executive Orientation on GQMSS and ISO QMS.

December 5, 2014 – Orientation on ISO QMS to the ASIST Faculty and Staff.

July 13, 2016 – Consultation on ISO 9001:2008 with AJA Registrars Inc.

November 21-23, 2016 – ISO 9001:2015 Orientation Session and Documentation Training Workshop with ACF Consultancy and Training Services.

January 26-27, 2017 – Internal Quality Audit Training

March 22, 2017 – Conduct of Live Audit and Written Examination for Internal Quality Auditors.

April 24, 2017 – ISO 9001:2015 Launching in ASIST

June 29, 2017 – 1st Internal Quality Audit

December 18, 2017 – 1st Quality Management Review

April 3, 2018 – 2nd Internal Quality Audit and Mock Visit

September 4, 2018 – 2nd Quality Management Review

December 3, 2018 – Stage 1 External Audit by AJA Registrars Inc.

December 4, 2018 – Special Internal Quality Audit

December 19, 2018 – Special Quality Management Review

December 27, 2018 – Stage 2 External Audit by AJA Registrars Inc.

The ISO 9001:2015 Stage 1 Certification Audit was done in December 3, 2018 by Mr. Erwin F. Quinto, a Management Systems Auditor of the AJA Registrars, Inc. He recommended ASIST to be eligible for the Stage 2 Audit after his positive findings.

And of course, the ISO journey was guided by Engr. Joselito and Engr. Angelica Fraginal of the ACF Consultants. Without their patience and guidance, passing the certification audits would not have been realized.

The ISO Certification is not the end, it is just the start of adhering to international standards and a step to the ASIST dream of university-hood.[Elizier B. Lazo]