PASIG CITY, June 26, 2023 – The Department of Education (DepEd), under the leadership of the Vice President of the Philippines and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte, has maintained its ISO Certification for Quality Management Systems (QMS) during the Surveillance Audit on its National QMS Pilot Offices performed earlier this month.

The Surveillance Audit was conducted on June 6-7 to determine if the established QMS of DepEd pilot offices was implemented, maintained, and sustained for continual improvement.

The TÜV NORD, being one of the world’s largest Inspection, Certification & Testing organizations, conducted the surveillance audit, has yielded no nonconformities for the DepEd NQMS Pilot Offices, namely, Central Office (CO), Regional Office (RO) IV-A CALABARZON, Schools Division Office (SDO) of Biñan City, Biñan Elementary School (BES), and Biñan Integrated National High School (BINHS).

The surveillance was for the ISO 9001:2015 Certification received by the Department in 2022 for its NQMS Pilot Offices that certifies the improvement of systems and processes and consistency in delivering quality services of DepEd.

For this year, Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Michael Wesley T. Poa led the Executive Committee in the audit for Top Management, together with the Quality Management Representative Undersecretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado.

Undersecretaries Annalyn Sevilla, Revsee Escobedo, Nolasco Mempin and Omar Romero, and Assistant Secretaries Alma Torio, G.H. Ambat, Dexter Galban and Noel Baluyan were also in attendance as the agency’s representatives for Top Management.

Meanwhile, the pilot offices in RO IV-A (CALABARZON) were led by Regional Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte, Division Superintendent Manuela Tolentino (SDO Biñan), and School Heads Ms. Pilar De Castro and Mr. Oliver Caliwag (Biñan Elementary School and Biñan Integrated National High School).