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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Metro university earns ISO seal

MAKATI CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- The city-owned and managed University of Makati (UMak) has earned the coveted ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2008 Certification from SGS Philippines, becoming the first local university in the country to be ISO-certified.

In a report to Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, university president Tomas Lopez said UMak has successfully passed the Stage 2 Audit of the (ISO) 9001-2008 conducted on December 12-13, last year, at the university.

For his part, Binay lauded the UMak administration and teaching staff for doing the city proud with this latest achievement.

“The people and the city government of Makati are very grateful to the administration and faculty of the University of Makati for their staunch commitment to excellence. With its ISO certification, UMak becomes a veritable world-class institution of higher learning,” Binay said.

According to Lopez, SGS Philippines will be issuing an Official Certificate of Accreditation from SGS Philippines after SGS Geneva approves its recommendation based on the UMak’s ISO accreditation.

Lopez said UMak passed the ISO certification criteria for the following processes: Admission, Registration, Release of Grades, and Issuance of Transcript of Records through the effort of the core process owners and their heads. In its audit report, SGS Philippines also noted as a best practice the university’s Quality Management System method of tracking the status of objectives, including monitoring and data analysis.

Also incorporated in the UMAK certification were its support offices, including the Human Resource Development Office, General Services Office, Supply and Property Maintenance Office, and Information Technology Center.

The university’s total enrolment stood at 14,537 for the second semester, school year 2011 to 2012, with a 10 percent increase from the first semester of the same school year.

In recent years, UMak has registered above average passing rates in licensure examinations in Accountancy, Nursing and Education. The UMak College of Nursing has been ranked 9th overall among the top nursing schools in the country after consistently producing board top-notchers.

The university has also registered 100 percent employability of its graduates in Building and Property Management, Industrial Facilities Technology, Purchasing and Supply Management, and Digital Arts. This is largely attributed to its collaboration with industry players under its Dualized Education System that effectively combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

Earlier, the city’s premier health care institution, Ospital ng Makati, also earned its ISO 9001:2008 certification after the SGS audit of the hospital’s Quality Management System.

ISO is an international network of the national standards institutes of over 150 countries that certifies the adherence of government and private enterprises to global standards of excellence. SGS, on the other hand, is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. (ICRD/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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