A delegation from the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) VIII, headed by OIC-Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Meylene C. Rosales, visited last January 26 the NRO Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to benchmark on the latter’s experience on its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification.

The ISO Core Group of NRO CAR shared the various trainings, workshops and activities they have conducted, as well as best practices and lessons learned towards obtaining their ISO 9001:2008 certification. Also, ARD Jedidia L. Aquino of NEDA CAR presented their 2018 action plan for their transition to ISO 9001:2015.

Concerns regarding trainings needed for staff, consultancy services and budgetary requirements were discussed during the open forum.

The learnings from the exposure visit will enable NRO VIII to plan activities towards its own ISO certification, which are targeted to commence this year.

Ana Rose R. Magdalaga, FAD, NEDA VIII