Executive Director, Division Heads/Section/Unit Heads during
the AJA Audit.
NMP passes ISO
9001:2015 surveillance audit
March 10, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic Quality Management System (NMP QMS)
maintains its ISO 9001:2015 Certification after passing the
Surveillance Audit conducted by the Anglo Japanese American (AJA)
Registrar Limited, simultaneously at its main office in Tacloban
City and liaison office in Makati City on 06 March 2019.
Mr. Eugene Herradura and
Capt. Nicanor Altares, AJA auditors, reviewed NMP’s quality
procedures, quality manuals, and other systems documentation as
against the standards. The areas that were examined include
registration and certification procedures; course delivery;
assessment / examination; documentation, conduct of maritime
researches; performance monitoring and assessment; provision of
resources; and other administrative support services during the
During the exit meeting,
Mr. Herradura, audit team leader, expressed his appreciation for the
NMP’s established QMS, proper documentation as well as the support
and commitment of the top management for the continual improvement
of its QMS. But somehow the audit report raised some observations
and a minor non-conformity.
Thirty (30) calendar days
is given to NMP to submit the plan of action together with the
objective evidence in addressing the non-conformance.
Nonetheless, the NMP QMS
was recommended for continued certification.
NMP Executive Director
also acknowledged the contributions of all NMP employees for the
continual improvement of the Agency’s QMS.
“Thank you for all that
you do, this was made possible through the concerted efforts of
everyone”, said ED Maglunsod.
As a maritime training
center providing quality delivery of services to Filipino seafarers,
NMP aggressively pursued for the establishment of its QMS in
compliance with the requirements of the Standards of Training,
Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) 1978. Its first ISO
Registration Certificate was obtained in April 2000. Since then, the
NMP QMS has undergone continuous certification and surveillance
audits, passed and was eventually re-certified over the years under
ISO 9001: 1994, ISO 9001: 2000, ISO 9001: 2008, and the latest in
2018 under ISO 9001:2015.
The implementation of the
NMP QMS is also in adherence to Executive Order (EO) No. 161 dated
05 October 2006 as amended by EO No. 605 dated 23 February 2007,
which directs the institutionalization of quality management system
in the government.
It can be recalled that in
2009, NMP received a special recognition from the Office of the
President for being one of the forty (40) government offices across
the country to be ISO-certified. Also in 2015, the Agency earned a
commendation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for
continuously improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including
value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of
Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced
competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come
up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the