115th Year of State Audit
COA Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad and GCG Chairman Cesar Villanueva sign the Joint Circular on Guidelines on the Entitlement, Release, Use, Reporting and Audit of the Confidential and/or Intelligence Fund.
President Benigno S. Aquino III with COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza with other heads of agencies and government officials at the 2nd State Conference on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation and Review at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on December 02, 2014. The conference’s theme, “Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration and Coalition in Pushing Urgent Measures on Corruption Prevention and Criminalization, Asset Recovery, and International Cooperation Toward Improving Integrity in Governance.” (Photo credit: Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau).
Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan with Congresswoman Leni Robredo and Deputy Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera joins the discussion on accountability and good governance at the National Conference on “Strengthening Accountability to Sustain Reforms” organized by the Ateneo School of Government – Political Democracy and Reforms (ASoG-PODER) last November 19, 2014 at the Astoria Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City.
Quezon City, Philippines- After three years and nine months, Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan is set to retire from her post as the Commission’s Chairperson on February 2.
Chairperson Pulido Tan told reporters who attended the launch of the second phase of the Citizen Participatory Audit project on January 22, 2015 that she would use her break from government service to relax.
“No plans, I just want to relax, do all the things I missed doing while I was in the Commission, maglilinis ako ng bahay, mag-aalaga ako ng apo at magga-garden uli,” the Chairperson said.
When asked if she received any offers for a different government post, the Chairperson was mum, saying she is not inclined to take another government position at this time but she hinted that she was not closing her doors either.
“I’m not inclined to take a position at this time. It’s like when I came to COA, wala naman talaga akong balak, wala akong ambisyon. But things happen. I prayed about it and I came to the conclusion that this is probably what God wants me to do. I will be obedient. I leave it all up to God,” she said.
Chairperson Pulido Tan said working with COAns was the biggest fulfilment of her career in COA.
“It is my greatest fulfilment to lead this 9,000-strong organization. It was ground-breaking work. I did my best with the time I was given and it was enough. No regrets,” Chairperson Pulido Tan said.
Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan holds a plaque of appreciation with a figure of a jeepney during the launch of the second phase of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) program on January 22, 2015. The jeepney represents what the CPA project is about— bringing people together from different fields of expertise to take part in the audit work towards a common destination: good governance.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Building on the gains from the first phase of the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA), the Commission on Audit (COA) launched Phase 2 of the program on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the COA compound.
The CPA is a partnership between the COA and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific, with funding from Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Founded on the principles of constructive engagement and social accountability, the CPA brings together the COA on one hand and citizen groups/civil society organizations on the other in conducting audits of select government projects deemed “close to the hearts of the people.”
“We’ve made considerable gains in the first phase and now we are scaling up in terms of coverage. We are going out of Metro Manila and taking CPA to other places,” said COA Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan.