The President with the sixty ISO-certified agencies. Photo by Office of the President of the Philippines
In the 3rd Recognition Ceremony for Government Organizations with ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) Certifications last January 17, 2012 at the Rizal Hall, MalacaÃ±an Palace, Manila, President Benigno S. Aquino III declares his confidence of achieving his goals to bring about reforms in the government and in public services.
â€œSagisag nga po ang pagtitipon natin ngayon na marami tayong kasangga sa ating agenda ng mabuting pamamahala at nagtatagumpay na tayo sa tuwid na daan [Let this assembly be an indication that we are one in our agenda for good governance and we are in the process of achieving that],â€ he said.
An ISO Certification ensures that a company or a government agency abides to a set of globally recognized standards for quality management. Sixty government agencies, including the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), were given recognition by the President for acquiring ISO 9001:2008 certification.
While the President lauded the sixty agencies for having achieved the recognition, he challenged them to never stop pursuing excellence in their work. The President called for these agencies to join him in his aspiration for efficient governance and public service.
â€œKaakibat ng iginawad sa inyong pagkilala ngayong araw, magsilbi rin sanang hamon at inspirasyon ito upang patuloy kayong magpamalas ng katangi-tanging pamamahala at epektibong pagtupad sa tungkulin [May the recognition that you receive today inspire you to continue with exceptional governance and effective fulfillment of your duties],â€ the President said.
PNoy reminds PCHRD and 59 other ISO-certified agencies to continue striving for excellence in their work. Photo by the Office of the President of the Philippines
President Benigno S. Aquino III honored the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) and fifty-nine other government institutions and agencies last Tuesday, January 17, 2012, at the MalacaÃ±ang for receiving ISO 9001:2008 certification.
In his speech, the President expressed his gratitude to the ISO recipients for doing their best to strive for excellence in management and governance.
â€œLubos tayong nagpapasalamat sa ibaâ€™t ibang organisasyon ng gobyerno na nakakamit ng ISO 9001 Certification; patunay ito sa ipinapamalas ninyong dedikasyon at propesyunalismo sa inyong tungkulin [I am grateful to the government agencies that have received the ISO 9001 Certification; a proof of the dedication and professionalism that you show in your respective duties],â€ the President said.
ISO 9001:2008 requires companies and government agencies to consistently follow a quality management system in delivering government services that is recognized worldwide. The ISO certification guarantees that quality management systems have been set up, implemented and maintained by a company or a government agency.
Executive Order (EO) No. 605, which was signed on February 23, 2007, mandates government agencies to work for ISO certification of government processes towards citizen-centric services.
The certification is a testimony to the PCHRDâ€™s mission to â€œpractise good governance to effectively perform the Councilâ€™s role in leading, managing and coordinating the health research system.â€
The President also reminded everyone to always continue striving for excellence in public service. He said that the Council, as well as the 59 other awardees, should set example to all government agencies in the country to push for honest and credible public service.
He said, â€œNawaâ€™y hindi kayo magsawang magtrabaho nang tapat at manatili kayong gabay ng iba pang mga institusyon sa bansa. [I hope that you continue to work with honesty and set good example to other institutions in the country.]â€
DOST Sec. Montejo bares the Department's five-point development program for 2012.
Sec. Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) affirms the Departmentâ€™s commitment in implementing its Five-Point Development Program for the year 2012.
â€œIn the coming year and beyond, the DOST is committed to fully implement its Five-Point DOST Development Program in line with the Aquino Administrationâ€™s national development agenda,â€ Sec. Montejo said.
The five-point agenda of the program focuses on providing breakthroughs and achievements in science and technology that Filipinos, especially local entrepreneurs, can benefit from. As such, the Departmentâ€™s development program will center around the creation of local technologies that can be commercially used and accessed by ordinary Filipinos and will help with the growth of local industries.
â€œIt is our wish to impress upon our publics the impact of DOSTâ€™s mandate in accelerating the pace of knowledge-driven development in accordance with its growth potential in the country,â€ Sec. Montejo stressed.
The Secretary explained that the first in the DOSTâ€™s agenda is to explore the role of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the development of new technologies through research and development programs in solving national concerns in health, agriculture, environment and other sectors. The other agenda include finding ways on how to make new technologies accessible to people in the rural areas, helping improve the competitiveness of homegrown industries (such as business process outsourcing, electronics, renewable energy and mining industry), easing the delivery of government and social services to the public (through the use of the initiatives made in Government Broadband Network, National Telehealth Services, and the National 3D Mapping), and providing better opportunities for the countryâ€™s advancement in the fields of emerging technologies like biotechnology, nanotechnology, genomics, advanced food production technology, and advanced manufacturing.
The secretary emphasized the importance of the agencyâ€™s implementation of the five-point development program in helping the growth of local businesses in Philippines and urged everyone to support the Department in its goals for the year 2012.
â€œWe will always promote local technologies toward the nurturing of a business environment that addresses the special needs of technology-based entrepreneurship,â€ said the Secretary.
The demonstrated health and economic burden of rotavirus in Asia is substantial, and recent studies have shown that rotavirus vaccination can be cost-effective in Asia. However, countries in the region have not introduced rotavirus vaccines into their national immuization programs. This reluctance is due in part to the uncertainty regarding the cost to purchase vaccines. While there are a number of GAVI-eligible countries in Asia , the Philippines and many other countries in the region are lower-middle and middle-income countries and areÂ therefore not eligible to apply to GAVI for co-financing for vaccine introduction.
In Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has developed a revolving fund to pool resources of countries to negotiate for lower vaccine prices. At ASCODD, rotavirus technical experts discussed strategies to increase the accessibility, availability, and affordability of rotavirus vaccines in Asia, including a potential regional cost-sharing model similar in concept to the PAHO Revolving Fund.
Rapid and remarkable reductions in hospitalization and deaths due to rotavirus and all-cause diarrhea have been observed in many of the 30 countries that have introduced rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization programs. The decline of severe and fatal diarrhea following the introduction of rotavirus vaccines underscores the incredible potential for rotavirus vaccines to save childrenâ€™s lives in Asia and around the world. We hope that the announcment by the Philippines will encourage other Asian countries to intensify their efforts towards national introduction of rotavirus vaccines.
PATH collaborates on rotavirus vaccine activities with the CDC, WHO, UNICEF, vaccine manufacturers, and countries around the world. RotaFlash is funded by the GAVI Alliance.
Bernd Benninghoff, GlaxoSmithKline. 13th Asian Conference on Diarrheal Disease and Nutrition (ASCODD): Tagatay City, The Philippines.
Sources for Figure:
Tate JE et. al. 2008 estimate of worldwide rotavirus-associated mortality in children younger than 5 years before the introduction of universal rotavirus vaccination programmes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. In press. Abstract available here.
Podewils LJ et al. Projected cost-effectiveness of rotavirus vaccination for children in Asia.Â Journal of Infectious Disease. 2005; 192(Sup 1):S133â€“45.
DOST Sec. Montejo describes the Mosquito OL Trap as "proactive approach in disaster risk reduction and management" as he hails it as one of the DOST's breakthrough technologies for 2011.
The year 2011 saw the emergence of various national issues concerning health and safety of Filipinos here in the country and abroad. In his 2011 year-end message, Sec. Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed how the Department successfully addressed different public concerns, such as climate change, disaster relief mitigation, and outbreaks of diseases, among other things, that affected the Philippines in the past year.
The Secretary proudly cited the agencyâ€™s Mosquito Ovicidal-Larvicidal (OL) Trap, a project supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and the Departmentâ€™s unrelenting campaign to bring as many kits of this mosquito trap to families that are at direct risk of dengue, as one of the successful projects for the year 2011.
â€œThis proactive approach in disaster risk reduction and management, which President Aquino cited on numerous occasions, characterized DOSTâ€™s most important achievement under the Aquino administration,â€ Sec. Montejo said.
High Impact Technology Solutions (HITS) were also hailed as among the agencyâ€™s breakthroughs and achievements in 2011. The program helped launched technologies such as the Automatic Weather Stations and Automatic Rain Gauges (to provide better weather updates during typhoons), water nanofiltration containers (for the prevention of water borne diseases), and complementary foods (to help fight malnutrition).
Aside from providing tangible technology to the people, the Department also helped with the dissemination of accurate information regarding the incident in Fukushima nuclear power plant last year. The agency ensured that factual updates about the developments in Fukushima were made in order to inform the Filipinos and prevent any false alarms that will result to confusion.
The Secretary enlightened everyone that science and technology is here, not just to improve the way we live and do things, but also to help us survive in desperate times.
â€œScientific understanding and technological adeptness should always serve human needs not only to enhance the quality of life but also to save lives,â€ the Secretary explained.