To eliminate access issues and the risk of contracting COVID-19, the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) conducts remote/virtual audit in its offices and major campuses in the university system.
The “no face to face” audit modality is one of the COVID-19 response of the University to protect its employees from contracting the virus.
Dr. Nueva Salaan, Lead Auditor of the Internal Quality Audit, said the virtual audit will answer safety constraints, travel issues, mandatory confinement and social distancing protocols. This is also in adherence to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Guidelines on Health Protocols and Social Distancing.
Twenty-one auditors (21) are tasked to conduct the week long audit in the different offices of the USTP System and the major campuses of Cagayan de Oro and Claveria from September 14 until September 21.
Virtual audit is conducted via scheduled web conferencing and links are sent out to auditors and the auditees. The auditor may also call the auditee during the scheduled remote audit. Documents and evidences will be flashed on screen while on audit or sent via email or messenger.
Although there is no substitute for face to face audit, Dr. Salaan said the modality complies with ISO audit methodology.
Sometime in June this year, the University offered the USTP CDO gym, otherwise known as the Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras Memorial Hall as a temporary holding facility for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF) in Cagayan de Oro City. They were transferred and are now housed at the old science building. (PJ dela Peña, USTP System Strategic Communications Office)