The local government unit of Jagna will soon receive its ISO 14001:2004 certification subsequent to the external audit stage 2 conducted by TUV SUD on April 11-12, 2011.

The Technischer Uberwachungs Vereine (TUV) which originated in Suddeutchland (SUD), Germany as the certifying body positively recommended LGU-Jagna of the said international standard after three years of rigidly complying sets of standard through series of internal and external audits relevant with environmental management system (EMS).

The ISO 14001:2004 is an internationally accepted standard that sets out how a company can go about putting in place an effective EMS.

The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing environmental impact which is becoming an increasingly important issue across the globe, with pressure to minimize the impact coming from a number of sources: local and national governments, regulators, trade associations, customers, employees and shareholders.

To recall, the EMS program in Jagna started when the Bohol Integrated Development Foundation (BIDEF) inked partnership with the LGU during the mayoralty of Vice Mayor Exuperio Lloren in 2009.

An EMS team was established to oversee the implementation specifically in the four pilot areas such as the Offices of the Mayor, Municipal Engineer, Planning & Development and Rural Health Unit while BIDEF provided the technical assistance.

Following the International Standard, the EMS team has been addressing requirements to enable the LGU to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which it subscribes  and information about significant environmental aspects as well.

The extent of the application has included on procedures like Significance Evaluation of Environmental Impacts, Environmental Management Planning, Evaluation or Audit of the Implementation and Review or Revision of documents for the improvements of the program.

TÜV SÜD PSB is a service provider for a comprehensive and integrated suite of product testing, inspection and certification services. Its Philippines operation was set up more than 11 years ago with the aim of helping companies achieve business excellence.

As an established and internationally recognized testing and inspection body, TÜV SÜD PSB’s technical reports and certifications are well accepted by manufacturers, third party buyers and government authorities worldwide.

As a pioneer in providing management systems certification services, TÜV SÜD PSB was the first certification body in Asia to introduce ISO:9001 as a basis of quality system certification as well as ISO/TS 16949 automotive certification in the South East Asia region.

Mayor Fortunato Abrenilla was overjoyed to know the development of the EMS project as he expressed his gratitude to the Jagna EMS team headed by Engr. Peter Jamero and the TUV SUD auditor Mr. Jowell Cerezo.

CERTIFICATE AWARD AS PER ISO 14001:2004 RECOMMENDED : Vice Mayor Exuperio Lloren (right) is being interviewed by TUV SUD Jowell Cerezo (left) representative and External Auditor during the top management meeting. Looking on is EMR Engr. Peter Jamero with EMS Secretariat Ma. Lovella Acebes. (photo Onil Berro, EMS Lead Auditor)