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TESDA receives ISO 9001:2008 certification


12 February 2012

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was awarded the International Standards Organization (ISO) certification, making it the only education agency and among the government certifying agencies to be granted the prestigious status.
 
During simple rites at the TESDA complex in Taguig City, Director General Joel Villanueva received the ISO Certificate 9001:2008 from Jen Wen Chia, general manager of the TUV SUD PSB Philippines, Inc., which audited the TESDA services.
 
“Living up to the challenge of making technical-vocational education relevant and accessible especially to the poor sectors of our society was not an easy task given the limited resources and the cleaning up that we have to do when we assumed office.  But the hard work and efficiency of the TESDA family braved all these, and now we are reaping the fruits with this ISO certification,” Villanueva said at the awarding ceremony that coincided with the TESDA Specialista Day last Friday, February 10.
 
President Benigno Aquino III, who witnessed the ceremony, congratulated TESDA for its feat.
 
Villanueva said the certification should further strengthen the agency’s commitment to make better its services to the 1.4 million Filipinos enrolled in the various TESDA courses to help stem the problem of unemployment in the country.
 
The Munich-based TUV SUD PSB is the country’s leading multinational certification and inspection body which provides inspection, certification, valuation, validation, training and testing services.
 
ISO 9001 is an internationally recognized quality management standard which specifies Quality Management System (QMS) requirements focused on an organization's ability to meet and improve upon customer satisfaction and quality requirements.
 
In January 2010, TESDA enrolled its two major programs for certification, namely, Technical Vocational Education and Training Program Registration and Competency Assessment and Certification.
 
These are systems are processes that ensure integrity and quality of training delivery and training outputs involving all its courses.
 
On January 27 this year, TESDA was recommended to receive the certification for the two programs.
 
Villanueva said the ISO certification makes TESDA at par with other international educational institutions providing the same skills development services.
 
“After receiving this coveted status, we are more emboldened and resolved to work harder because this will mean nothing if we don’t live up to the standard,” he said.




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