VSU passed the second stage of the ISO 9001:2015 audit and will be recommended for official certification, the TÜV Rheinland’s auditing team announced on February 20, Thursday at the Center for Continuing Education Building.

This was after TÜVR Audit Leader Jogina Mendiola announced zero minor and major non-compliance from the two-day audit conducted by her team.

“In general, there is an established/adequate implementation, maintenance, and improvement of the [Quality Management System] thus meeting the requirement for the ISO 9001:2015. The audit team will commence the issuance and award of your certificate,” Mendiola wrapped up.

The announcement garnered applause and cries from the crowd.

ISO 9001:2015 specifies the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS) in organizations of any size, including state universities.

Last year, Mendiola lauded the university for having well-deserved Stage 1 audit findings.

In his response to the findings, VSU President Edgardo E. Tulin said that the ISO certification has been a long time goal of the university which was first put into action five years ago with the ISO 9001:2008, before dropping it completely after the release of 2015 update.

“No words can describe what I feel with the positive results of our ISO 9001:2015 certification audit. At long last... we will have the Certificate. This cannot be achieved without the support of everyone!” VSU Quality Assurance Director Milagros Bales said in a Facebook post.

Dr. Bales goes on to thank the VSU community for contributing to the success.

“Special thanks to all my QAC staff who trod with me in this journey, most especially Elvie Ongy, who even sacrificed her family just to partner with me in almost everyday overtime including weekends.”

“To the VSU Top Management through the leadership of Dr. Edgardo Tulin for their all-out support even with their busy time. To all deans, directors, heads with the back up of their dDRCs to make all ISO records in order and easily traceable in their respective units. Our strict internal auditors did their jobs not minding if their findings were sometimes questioned. And to all those who in one way or another have contributed to the reality of this certification!” she exclaimed.

In a Facebook post, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Beatriz Belonias also expressed her delight with the recent finding.

“My heart is full. I can’t thank you enough for all the efforts each one poured in for VSU to finally become ISO-certified. We did it because we know from the start that we can do it!” she said.

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February 20 is marked as VSU’s anniversary for ISO 9001:2015 audit. Should the university be audited again, it will be held on or before the same date.

The TÜVR team of auditors for the Stage 2 audit includes Audit Leader Jogina Mendiola, and members Rolando Remitar, Philura Hipe, and Orlan Tiongzon.

VSU’s application for the Stage 2 ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit covers the university’s provision of higher and advanced educational services, including research and extension, based on the assessment of the management system documentation of the organization grounded on ISO standards.