Adventist Hospital Palawan (AHP) launched triple-ISO certification challenge in its commitment to a safer and healthier Palawan.

Adventist Hospital Palawan (AHP) launched Wednesday the first and only triple-ISO certification challenge as it steps up its commitment for quality, a safer, and healthier province.

The triple-ISO certification project was launched at the lobby of the City Council, New City Hall, for International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001.

The AHP believes these three ISO certifications can help boost tourism in the province.

Hospital president and chief executive officer Jun Apacible Jr. said that with the certifications, residents and visitors can be assured of their well-improved management system and quality health care.

“This will be the first and only triple-ISO certified hospital in Palawan and probably in the entire MIMAROPA region. This launching  is to demonstrate to the world that Puerto Princesa is capable of rendering best practices in health care globally,” he said.

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System assures stakeholders that the AHP is meeting international industry specific environmental standards.

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, on the other hand, is the new global standard for occupational health and safety. It certifies AHP as a safe and happier workplace.

Meanwhile Dr. Ian Borromeo, AHP’s chief operations officer, said the triple-ISO certification is their corporate commitment of AHP to Puerto Princesa City and its stakeholders to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

UNSDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges that the world face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

ISO consultant Helen Evalle also explained that the certifications are not only about hospitals but a way of life of committed people and institutions.

“Sabi nila ang ISO ay napakahirap and that the system is full of documents, pero mali ‘yon because this is a documented management. Ang ISO ay hindi lamang sa ospital but it is a way of life because it is purely process approach. Hindi natin alam na ISO na pala ang ginagawa natin. Mahirap siya pero kung may commitment ka ay hindi mahirap, depende sa inyo ‘yon kung paano ang suporta na ginagawa ninyo,” she said.

During the launching, Councilor Victor Oliveros lauded the AHP for having the certifications to ensure the provision of quality health services.

He said they believe the AHP will be able to bring the city and province to new heights with the ability to give health and medical services that can be trusted by not only the residents but also the travelers who come and visit.

“Naniniwala kami na patuloy ninyong palalawakin ang inyong serbisyo sa pamamaraan ng pagdadagdag ng facilities at espesyalista. Makatutulong ito para ma-boost ang ating tourism, dahil doon tayo pupunta. Iilan lang rin sa bahagi ng mundo ang mayroong ganitong pagkilala,” Oliveros said.

Councilor Roy Gregorio Ventura also expressed his support to the launching and ensured that the AHP can expect the City Council’s help in its programs.

“Ang commitment na magagawa ng council is to support lahat ng magagandang programa lalo na quality standard management system na alam namin na pasado kayo kaya nga mayroon na kayong ISO 9001:2018. Kung ano man ang kaya namin na ibigay na suporta at tulong ay ibibigay namin. Maliit pa lang ako noon ay nakita ko kung paano lumaki ang AHP, alam ko patuloy ang inyong gagawin na suporta at serbisyo sa ating mamamayan,” he said.

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