115th Year of State Audit
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.
Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan presented the Long Form Report last November 4, 2014 at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy to the FAO Finance Committee headed by Chairperson Medi Moungi. Joining the Chair are Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Zosa, Director Lito Martin, Director Milagros Lapus, Director Danilo Cabug and the Philippine Embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires Leila Lora-Santos and Agricultural Attaché Lupino Lazaro, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Dir. Cabug)
Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan answers questions from moderator Howie Severino at the Innovative Government Partnerships: Forum on Open Government and the National Budget September 3, 2014 Crowne Plaza Manila, Ortigas Center
Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan (far right) with (from left) Mr. Basile Gilbert, PFMP Representative, Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza and Mr. Daniel Federston, DFAT-Australian Embassy Representative shortly after the turn-over ceremony of the Citizen Participatory Audit on May 5, 2014. The jeepney, being a common means of transportation used by Filipinos from all walks of life to head towards a certain destination, was used to convey what the CPA is all about: bringing together people from different fields of expertise to work together towards good governance.
The team that conducted the special audit of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG)- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) covering the period January 2008 to September 2009 won the Pag-asa award conferred by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The ORG-ARMM special audit team uncovered anomalies including fictitious procurements amounting to Ᵽ1.3 billion. Of that amount, transactions amounting to more than Ᵽ393 million were denied by alleged suppliers as having been contracted with them. Likewise, the other suppliers were not licensed or have questionable capability to supply the agency requirements.
The team was composed of Director Evelyn P. Reyes (over-all team supervisor), Director Elsielin C. Masangcay (team supervisor), Auditors Florefe S. Avila (team leader) and Grace T. De Castro (co-team leader), and Marilyn C. Bibat, Joselita G. Corteza, Gale Kathrine M. Hernandez and Dondon P. Marcos (team members).
“We are honored to receive such an award. While it is recognized that at some time or another, we are at risk in conducting our audits, it is still our responsibility to perform our work to the best that we can with honesty, integrity and independence,” said Director Reyes. “We feel that credit should also go to Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia who was involved in the audit, accompanying the team in obtaining additional documents, conducting confirmation and project inspections in ARMM while she was director of the Special Audit Office,” she added.
As Pag-asa awardees, the team will receive a gold-gilded medallion and plaque as well as Ᵽ100,000 cash prize. The CSC confers the Pag-asa Award to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance which directly benefits more than one department of the government.
Marikina City- From a materials recovery facility (MRF) in a barangay to an urban garden tended by high school students, delegates at the 16th Assembly Meet of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)-Working Group on Environmental Audit (WGEA) were shown around Marikina City’s environment showcases.
Around 100 audit officials from 45 countries took a closer look at how pigswill is converted to organic fertilizer at a MRF in Barangay Concepcion as part of the city’s zero waste management program; visited the city’s composting facility, plastic styro densifier and the engineering center which houses the central warehouse and steel fabrication; and toured Parang High School which was awarded as an environment-friendly school by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Marikina is situated in valley and is a catch basin for other neighboring cities. The challenge is to cope with the demands of progress and the environment. We have focused on programs to conserve the environment not only in Marikina but also in other cities. One thing is for certain, we have to take care of our environment,” said Marikina City Administrator Melvin Cruz. Cruz welcomed the delegates in behalf of City Mayor Del de Guzman.
Gloria Buenaventura, head of the City Environmental Management Office, discussed the city’s environmental best practices. Known as a model city in terms of cleanliness, Marikina passed several ordinances to conserve the environment including prohibition on the improper disposal of garbage, "Anti-Littering Code of Marikina" which imposes Php500 fine on violators, and requiring all residential and commercial establishments to clean their surroundings and segregation at source of all garbage into wet or biodegradable and dry or non-biodegradable, among others.