To address the problem on the increasing number of covid-19 cases in our country and to comply with one of the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 standards, the PSU-AC risk management team led by Dr. Valentin B. Calpo, Jr., the indefatigable CED, underwent a campus level workshop on risk management, together with Dr. Priscilla Agsalud, the very supportive dean in the College of Education, the RM focal persons and other sub-units’ representatives, March 23.
Dr. Calpo said, “I believe that risks are the biggest challenges faced by the public higher education today. Risk management is a continuous process to identify, assess, and prioritize these risks and an effort to control, avoid and minimize or even eliminate the effects on the University’s assets.”
“Thus, the activity today is not just an initial step to strengthen our souls to the rest and peace but rather a way to attain the university vision which is to become an ASEAN Premier State University in 2025,” he added.
Moreover, the Lingayen Risk Management team, led by Dr. Grace M. Suratos, Head of the Risk Management Unit, graced the event. Dr.Suratos discussed confidently the risk management process and enumerated the steps on how to develop a risk management plan. According to her, “The term “risk” has always been implicit in ISO 9001 where risk-based thinking has been given a more prominent role compared to the past.”
She also motivated the participants with the quotation, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail” by Benjamin Franklin. “Thus, developing risk assessment, risk management plan and action plan would help to strengthen the skills and capabilities of the focal persons and process owners to manage risks,” she added.
The participants of the said workshop were asked to do the tasks by team in accordance with their RM units under the four risk categories namely: disaster, technology, financial, and health safety and security risks. They actively collaborated, shared ideas and worked by team to fully accomplish the goals of being risk managers.