ISO certification for CH: Jonas Cortes’ ‘legacy’

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


MANDAUE City Mayor Jonas Cortes vows to have key City Hall offices certified by the ISO before his last term ends in 2016.

In a recent interview with reporters, Cortes said he wants to make sure City Hall services are standardized to serve the city’s constituents better.

Last June 18, the City launched its bid to get an ISO certification by formally adopting a method of organizing an effective and efficient workplace called the 5s.

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Feeling the pressure

Being certified by the ISO, which stands for the International Organization for Standardization, means an organization practices a high standard quality management system.

Getting the certification is part of the City’s effort to implement a governance framework called the Performance Governance System (PGS).

Cortes said the City’s effort to get an ISO certification and implement the PGS will be among the highlights of his State of City Address (Soca), which has yet to be scheduled.

“With only two years left in my term, I feel the pressure to complete our implementation of the PGS, part of which is to have the City certified by the ISO,” Cortes said.

Being competitive

Lawyer and City Treasurer Regal Oliva, head of the committee tasked to oversee the implementation of 5S (Sort, Systematize, Sweep, Standardize and Self-Discipline), said being certified by the ISO will keep the City competitive with the full economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year.

The Asean economic integration means each member country will scrap its tariff on goods coming from other member countries, leading to free flow of goods.

The offices the City hopes to get certified by the ISO by 2016 are the City Treasurer’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer’s Office, City Health Office, City Assessor’s Office, Department of General Services and the Business Permit and Licensing Office.

The City is implementing the PGS with the help of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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