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Commemorative Stamps Turnover to highlight ARMM Archives Day

Cotabato City (October 21, 2016) – The ceremonial turnover of commemorative stamps from the Philippine Postal Corp. to the Office of the Regional Governor will highlight the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's (ARMM) first Archives Day celebration today, October 21, at this city's Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex.

The issuance of the stamps is in recognition of the Office of the Regional Governor’s (ORG) ISO 9001 certification following a successful two-phase external audit conducted by TUV Rheinland Philippines, Inc.

“This is one achievement that this administration is very proud of. This is the very first time that the Office of the Regional Governor attempted and passed the certification for ISO 9001:2008. We are very appreciative that the Philippine Postal Corp.’s Stamp Committee approved the grant of the special stamps,” said ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.

“This milestone is our legacy to the Bangsamoro people and the commemorative stamps are our small contribution as collectible pieces of history. Hence we want to share the event with historians, archivists, librarians, and records officers all over ARMM,” Gov. Hataman said.

The Philippine Postal Corp. recognizes historical milestones and achievements of organizations and institutions through the issuance of commemorative and special stamps. When granted, only a limited number of these stamps are printed and distributed to more than 192-member countries of the Universal Postal Union.

“The ISO 9001 certified core processes are two of the main services of ORG and we want to ensure our clients that we don’t only provide quality services but also that these services undergo a quality standard procedure,” said Norkhalila Mae Mambuay-Campong, Regional Cabinet Secretary and the Quality Management Representative.

ORG-ARMM, which has ministerial control over some 40 line agencies and support offices, is now one of the few local government units in the country eligible for the ISO certification. ARMM also recently passed for the very first time the national government’s Good Governance Conditions reflecting a revitalized and reformed autonomous region.

Aside from the stamps turnover, there will also be a Document Management Systems orientation in the morning and a forum on Bangsamoro Archives and History in the afternoon. The International Archives Day is celebrated annually on June 9.

In the Philippines, pursuant to Proclamation 660 Series of 1995, the National Archives Day is observed on October 21. The proclamation is aimed at focusing public attention on the role and importance of archives in national development efforts. (Bureau of Public Information)
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