Oldest Davao school gets first institutional ISO certificate

DAVAO CITY  — The University of Mindanao (UM), the oldest school in this city recently received an International Organization for Standardization or ISO certificate from Societe Generale De Surveillance (SGS) Philippines, a multinational company that provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services.

Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr., UM president and chairman of the board, expressed his gratitude in receiving the certificate of ISO 9001:2008 during the awarding Wednesday at the university’s auditorium in Matina Campus, Davao City.

“We are proud and deeply honored that the University of Mindanao has received finally the ISO 9001:2008 certificate for quality management system,” he said.

Torres said no other colleges and universities in Mindanao have this kind of recognition. Being ISO-certified will benefit the students and made the university at par with international educational institutions.

ISO 9001:2008 is a global quality management standard focusing on quality management system he said.

“The education of the students will be recognized globally because once they receive their diploma there is also an ISO seal. ISO is the only accredited certifying organization globally,” he said, adding that they can gain an edge in terms of employment.

UM was established in 1946 and is one of the oldest universities in Southern Philippines. It is a non-sectarian school offering the most number of academic programs in this part of the country. It has 10 branches spread over 13 campuses in Southern Mindanao.

On the other hand, Gerald Dela Rosa, SGS representative, said UM created a benchmark in Mindanao.

The recognition represented the hard work of the management, staff and students, he said. (PNA)

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