The National Center for Mental Health officially receives its ISO Certificate during the ISO Ceremonial Awarding held during the Department of Health 4th National Staff Meeting at Pearlmont Inn in Cagayan de Oro City on April 27, 2016. Secretary of Health Janette P. Loreto-Garin and Usec. Gerardo V. Bayugo witnesses the turning over of the certificate by TUV-Rheinland Philippines’s Ms. Melody M. Mokamad and Ms. Pinky Z. Villacrusis. Representing the National Center for Mental Health to receive the award are Dr. Venus Serra-Arain who is also the representative of Dr. Bernardino A. Vicente in the National Staff Meeting, Dr. Beverly A. Azucena, Ms. Clarita M. Avila, Ms. Rosalina M. Evasco, Ms. Lucia M. Trovela and Mr. Tristian John O. Palmani.
The Department of Health organized the ceremonial awarding for the newly certified DOH Hospitals and Attached Agencies in recognition for their efforts in acquiring the ISO 9001:2008 Certification. This year, seven hospitals/agencies was recognized in taking its part in setting the record for DOH as the first government agency under the executive branch to have a department-wide Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001:2008. These include Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital (Iloilo City), Philippine Orthopedic Center (Quezon City), Davao Regional Medical Center (Davao City), Amai Pakpak Medical Center (Marawi City), Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital Tagbilaran City), Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional and Teaching Hospital (Ozamiz City) and National Center for Mental Health (Mandaluyong City).
NCMH, being one of the DOH-retained hospitals started its journey towards certification last March 2014 and obtain its ISO 9001:2008 Certification on December 2, 2015, certified by TUV-Rheinland. In line with its monitoring, surveillance audit will be conducted this coming June 1 & 2, 2016 to check the maintenance and sustainability of the hospital’s quality management system. NCMH’s ISO 9001:2008 Certification is valid until September 14, 2018, but the hospital will be braising for transition to ISO 9001:2015 as part of is continual improvement and reaching for a new heights.