Letran, DTI sign Memorandum of Agreement for PQA 

By: Isabela Pertez
August 08, 2017

INKED DEAL. Rector, President Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, O.P. signs Memorandum of Agreement with DTI Exec. Director Virgilio Fulgencio.

A partnership has been finally built between Colegio de San Juan de Letran and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as they signed their Memorandum of Agreement for Qualitylympics or Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Program on July 6, 2017 at the St. Thomas Hall. 

According to Eleanor Rochelle Cruz, PQA’s administrator for public sectors, the PQA is the highest national quality award patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) of the US and those in Europe and Asia. 

Cruz shared that the PQA promotes performance excellence through the adoption of PQA criteria. It offers an assessment tool to evaluate organizational processes and performance results and provides training for organizations and would-be assessors & best practice sharing conferences. 

Rev. Fr. Marquez and Dir. Fulgencio, with the presence of the Vice President for Academic Affairs Assoc. Prof. Cristina Castro-Cabral, Vice President for Financial Affairs Rev. Fr. Lauro de Dios, O.P., Dir. of Planning and Development Office Asst. Prof. Randy Castillo, Assistant Director of the DTI-Competitiveness Bureau Mary Lou de Silva, Acting Division Chief of National Quality & Competitiveness Division of DTI Competitiveness Bureau Carolina Velasco, and professors and students from Institute of Communication (iComm) and Information Technology (IT) who served as witnesses, signed the memorandum of agreement. 

Then, Velasco gave an overview of the Philippine Quality Challenge (PQC) Program or Qualitylympics. 

As per Velasco, Qualitylympics is a multi-media contest among Mass Communication and Digital Arts students developed and organized by DTI-Competitiveness Bureau in partnership with Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Manila. It encourages the students of iComm and IT to submit entries to this challenge as part of the midterm requirement of these programs. 

The said contest promotes the PQA and PQC program by tapping the interest and creativity of the students through the creation of four different types of Advertising materials such as Audio- Visual Presentation (AVP) about PQC, AVP pertaining to the Assessors, Print Ad of PQA/PQC, and a TVC/Animated Infographics of PQA. 

Both the Colegio and DTI seek to build a stronger connection with each other through years of a mutual academic undertaking.