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Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region XI Director Dr. Anthony Sales receives the PQA Level 1 Recognition Trophy from President Benigno S. Aquino III during the 16th Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Conferment Ceremony at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace last March 20, 2014. Together in receiving the trophy with Dr. Sales are Undersecretary for Regional Operations Carol Yorobe and Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Elsie Mae Solidum. PQA is the highest level of national recognition for exemplary organizational performance. It is the Philippine counterpart to the prestigious Baldrige Award in the United States. More than  85 countries around the world have established a similar quality award system as a response to the need for organizations to become globally competitive. DOST XI is the first organization from the Davao Region, both private and government, to be recognized by the PQA.Also in the photo is Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo (left).(Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)