The Department of Science and Technology-MIMAROPA added more awards to its growing roster of honors as it has recently been recognized as a recipient of the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) for Proficiency in Quality Management (Level 2) during the 23rd PQA assessment cycle. DOST-MIMAROPA extraordinarily surpassed the first level recognition of the PQA and giant leaped to Level 2 only after its first application.

DOST-MIMAROPA with the late DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano during one of its PQA Orientation Sessions.

The PQA is the country’s highest level of recognition given to the government and private organizations for exemplary organizational performance. It focuses on the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis, and knowledge management, workforce focus, process management, and results.

It has four award and recognition levels. Achieving Level 2 means that the organization has already demonstrated a thorough implementation of quality and productivity management principles and has significant progress in building sound and notable processes.

Patterned from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program of the USA, it aims to establish a national system for assessing quality and productivity performance and promote performance excellence in both public and private organizations in the Philippines to become globally competitive.

“This recognition is an extraordinary feat for DOST-MIMAROPA and serves as a symbol of our dedication and commitment to provide an ever-improving value to our customers and attain performance excellence as a public sector organization”, Dr. Ma. Josefina P. Abilay said.

She stressed that the organization, however, must not create any room for complacency and take it as a challenge to continually better its processes and strategies to cater to the ever-changing needs of its stakeholders.

“As an awardee, we are now a model and we should set a good example worthy for other organizations, particularly government agencies, to emulate,” she noted.

Together with its ISO 9001:2015 Certification and PRIME-HRM Bronze Award, Dr. Abilay said that this new recognition was the result of the collective effort of the employees of the organization.