117th COA Anniversary
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with officials of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Manila Region and Geographical Office during the conference held at the Century Park Hotel Manila on February 23, 2016. Chairperson Aguinaldo talked about COA’s priority projects.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo receives a token from Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators (PICAM), Inc. President Engr. Rodolfo R. Peñalosa. Chairperson Aguinaldo was the inducting officer and guest speaker at the induction of 2016 PICAM officers and board of trustees held at the Hotel Jen in Pasay City on February 18, 2016
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Jose A. Fabia and Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo welcome Dr. Hisashi Yamaura and Mr. Nobuo Azuma of the Board of Audit of Japan and Professor Shigeo Ohtsuka of Chiba University who were on a study visit to the COA. The BOA Japan officials were on a study visit to the COA from February 18 to 19, 2016 to discuss government accounting reforms carried out by the Commission.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was the guest speaker at the oath taking of new CPAs held at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 22, 2015. With him are Board of Accountancy Chairman Joel L. Tan- Torres and members of the Professional Regulation Commission Board of Accountancy.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia lead the turn-over ceremony for the Policy Review on Local Roads Asset and Management Practices on December 1, 2015 during the COA Command Conference held at a resort in Batangas. With them are the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Geoff King and Luke McNamara who is also team leader of the Provincial Road Management Facility project, COA Assistant Commissioner Divinia M. Alagon, and Directors Carmelita O. Antasuda, Arlyn M. Encarnacion and Amelia VP. Valdez.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and Commissioner Mendoza inspect facilities at the PNRI.- photo courtesy of the PNRI.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Alumanda M. Dela Rosa, officials of the COA’s International Audit and Relations Office, other DOST/PNRI officials and COA DOST-PNRI audit team after the presentation and Q&A on PNRI and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) projects in the Philippines. The COA team visited the PNRI in preparation for its candidature as External Auditor of IAEA for 2016-17. – photo courtesy of the PNRI.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo before answering questions posed by members of the Commission on Appointments during the Committee Hearing on June 9, 2015.
COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo (4th from right) with members of the Philippine Delegation to the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Also in picture is COA Director Fortunata M. Rubico (third from left).
The Commission on Audit (COA) showcased its pioneering work in the audit of Gender and Development (GAD) funds at the side event entitled “Show Me the Money: How Governments Allocate and Audit Funds to Achieve Gender Equality as a 2030 Sustainable Development Goal” during the 60th Session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held at the UN Headquarters in New York City on March 16, 2016.
The COA, together with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as the lead agency and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), gave a holistic presentation on what the Philippine Government is doing to allocate funds for programs and projects geared towards greater women empowerment from planning and budgeting (DBM) to implementation and monitoring (DSWD for sample program) and audit and reporting (COA). The side event was sponsored by the Philippine Delegation to the 60th Session of the UNCSW.
COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo talked about COA’s accomplishments in the audit of GAD allocated funds and the plan for a results-focused audit approach as the Commission’s commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Gender Equality under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo gives a presentation entitled “Show Me The Outcomes: Ensuring Accountability on Gender Program Allocations Through Results-Focused Audit Approach” at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
“We are humbled by the thought that we are one of the INTOSAI/ASOSAI member countries that has done pioneering work in the audit of gender-allotted funds. Committed to our mission, we will continue to oversee the strict implementation by all government agencies of the gender responsive policies, programs, projects and activities in the country,” Assistant Commissioner Castillo said.
“As the Philippine Government commits to the 2030 Agenda, COA would willingly join the convergence of the various implementing agencies. It has, in fact, started developing its own framework towards results-focused audit approach of GAD-related programs and activities through appropriate utilization of GAD-allotted funds. It will continue to be a leading pillar of transparent and accountable governance and a vibrant partner in nation-building,” she added. (To read the final paper, please click here)
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Titon Mitra with COA officials and audit team members, and representatives from the UNDP, National Economic and Development Authority and implementing partners at the General Audit Debriefing on the FY 2015 Harmonized Approach To Cash Transfer (HACT) Transitional Audit Exercise on April 8, 2016.
The Commission on Audit (COA) successfully culminated the FY 2015 Harmonized Approach To Cash Transfer (HACT) Transitional Audit Exercise for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported projects and programmes.
COA presented the highlights of the audit and audit opinion rendered on the financial reports at an audit debriefing held at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Boardroom in Pasig City on April 8, 2016.
The UNDP has sought the assistance of COA to provide annual audit services to UNDP supported projects and programmes. For the 2015 HACT Transitional Audit Exercise, audit teams focused on the areas of cash management, finance, asset management, procurement, general administration, human resource, assessment of the project’s internal control, and a general review of the project’s progress and timeliness in relation to progressed milestones and planned completion date.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo emphasized the valued partnership between UNDP and the COA while UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra welcomed the efforts of the audit teams in helping the UNDP ascertain the proper use of its resources.
As in the previous audits, COA is bound by the provisions of the Terms of Reference and guided by the UNDP Accounting Policies. In comparison with former UNDP audit exercises however, this present audit focused on the validation of almost 100% of the UNDP assets, exempting only those that are impractical to validate. COA Assistant Commissioner Susan P. Garcia is the Project Manager.
COA, UNDP, and NEDA officials with implementing partners consisting of various government agencies and intergovernmental/non-government organizations and COA audit teams attended the event. # – with report from Jennifer Andrea S. Imperial