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MALLS are expected to open at 11:00 a.m. starting Nov. 5 until Jan. 14 next year, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo S. Garcia said on Monday his agency has met with mall operators in preparation for the Christmas season traffic.

Mr. Garcia also said malls can only hold on-sale activities on weekends to help reduce traffic this holiday season.

Jonathan F. Ho, operations manager of Robinsons Galleria, said this will affect sales, but acknowledged that establishments also need to “sacrifice.”

“Well, I think, in a way, it affects (us) also, but this (is) our contribution to the traffic situation in the coming holiday season,” Mr. Ho said.

ISO-CERTIFIED
In another development, the MMDA also said it is now ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 certified, after it was granted certification by AJA Registrars for compliance to quality management systems.




“This is a great day for MMDA having received this certificate. We acknowledge the efforts of the entire workforce in securing the certification. Congratulations to all of us,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, addressing the agency’s personnel on Monday.

According to a statement, the ISO 9001:2015 is the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard which is widely-known and internationally accepted for quality management and acknowledges organizations that are able to provide effective customer and regulatory services.

AJA Registrars is an independent third party registrar (certification body) operating from a global network of offices providing third party registration and training services at a local level. — V.A.C. Ferreras