State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is now ISO 9001:2015 certified after passing the rigorous and grueling assessments of third party auditors in March 2019. 
“We are pleased to announce that PIDS has successfully passed the audit reviews. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone who, in one way or another, has contributed to this feat,” PIDS President Celia Reyes said.
Reyes said this feat reflects the Institute’s commitment to uphold its mandate of promoting and providing evidence-based research studies to help policymakers make informed decisions and policies on development issues.
In February and March 2019, Certification International Philippines (CIP) audited the documentation and implementation of the Quality Management System (QMS) and processes of various departments/units of PIDS on the provision of socioeconomic policy research services.
For years, the Institute has painstakingly implemented reforms to enhance its processes and ensure they are aligned with ISO standards. Preparations for ISO certification commenced as early as 2014 through the conduct of orientations and workshops.  
“Our journey toward attaining ISO certification is both challenging and fulfilling. It was challenging because we were introduced to technical terms and new jargons that are way too different from what we’re used to. The process, too, is very tedious which required so much attention and time. But, in the end, we were all satisfied of what we have achieved in terms of putting our procedures in order,” Reyes said.   
According to Reyes, this accomplishment should motivate everyone at PIDS to continuously seek for improvement in the workplace. “The ISO certification should remind us that there will always be a room for improvement, that we should not stop raising the bar on our performance,” she said. The ISO certificate of PIDS has a validity of three years or until 2022.
The PIDS established its QMS in line with Executive Order 605, which directs all government offices to institutionalize their structures, mechanisms, and standards in order to promote and enhance service delivery in the public sector. 
It is also a requirement of the Interagency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring Information and Reporting Systems in granting the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) to government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations like the PIDS. ###

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