A 1979 oil painting depicting the vast history of the Commission by Master Painter Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia, Philippines-Australia Public Financial Management Program Team Leader and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Counsellor Daniel Featherston and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Executive Director Redempto Parafina lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Citizen Participatory Audit photo exhibit.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia join Team Mindanao at the opening of COA Week.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo performs the ceremonial toss at the start of the basketball competitions.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia at the COA Salutes the Best program honoring the most outstanding audit performance and exemplary COA employees.
Atty. Haide T. Espuelas lead athletes in taking the oath of sportsmanship during the program that opened COA Week.
Assistant Commissioners Carmela S. Perez of the Planning, Finance and Management Sector and Divinia M. Alagon of the Local Government Sector with Systems and Technical Services Sector Officer-in-Charge Manolo C. Sy (center) lead the yellow team in the theatrical presentation during the COA Week opening ceremony
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia attend the closing ceremony of the 5th Inter-Region Sportsfest held on April 24, 2015 at Clarkfield, Pampanga.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia at the closing ceremony of the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) training last April 25, 2015. With them are Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano, PMO Director Gloria D. Jose, ACFE Philippines President Dante Fuentes and CFE facilitator Kathleen Moskito
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo addresses COAns for the first time after the flag raising ceremony on April 27, 2015
The Commission on Audit (COA) celebrated its 116th founding anniversary on May 8, 2015 focusing on honest and sincere public service as its answer to the challenges of the modern times.
The week-long celebration was highlighted by the COA Salutes the Best program honoring the most outstanding audit performance and exemplary COA employees held at the COA Sports and Cultural Complex on May 7, 2015.
“In my years of working in government, I have witnessed and experienced public service as a truly unique and always a challenging task. Our working environment is like the aquarium – transparent, with every outside looker scrutinizing our moves and thinking, having private expectations. This is always the challenge to us to be extraordinary,” observed COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
Referring to the honor awardees, Chairman Aguinaldo expressed the hope that their examples will inspire fellow COAns to achieve and be better at what they do. “Let us not ignore the reality that the making of a cathedral begins with the first and single cut of a stone. You and I, together, are the builders,” he added.
The Gawad Kahusayan for outstanding audit performance went to the Philippine Army Headquarters Audit Team who discovered anomalous registration of 567 military trucks involving an initial amount of more than 9 million pesos, and the registration of 484 motor vehicles in the name of private persons, military personnel and private entities at a cost amounting to P95.58 million.
The Gawad Kagitingan for “performance of a courageous and selfless act involving the risking of one’s life and safety for the common good and/or benefit of others which may be work related or related to public service’’ was awarded to Auditor Lourdes N. Algopera of COA Regional Office VII.
The Gawad Karangalan for “performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of observance of one or more of the eight norms of behavior under R.A. No. 6713” awardees were Auditors Shiela Marie N. Kitongan of the COA-Cordillera Administrative Region, Eufemia C. Jaugan of the National Government Sector (NGS) and Mayola P. Salita of the Corporate Government Sector (CGS).
Former State Auditor Lucia P. Sotelo, who is the national treasurer of the Philippine Maize Federation, Inc. which was created to help farmers and protect their interest, was awarded the Most Productive Retiree.
Receiving the loyalty milestone were Auditors Ramon C. Pentinio of CGS Cluster 2, Evelyn B. Mercado of NGS Cluster 1, Librada C. Pascual of CGS Cluster 5, Myrna D. Monzon of NGS Cluster 2 and Maria L. Adiong of the Fraud Audit Office. The loyalty milestone regional awardees were Domingo S. Vicente of Region I, Eveyln N. Valerio of Region III, Araceli A. Papa of Region IV-A, Arnaldo G. Gando of Region IV-A, Nena Marcela Demasu-ay of Region VII, Noe D. dela Pena of Region VII, Virginia A. Caraso of Region XII, Apolonia B. Jalon of Region XII, Othelia A. Aujero of Region XII, Repsima B. Macachor of Region XIII, Normallah N. Guro of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Nader M. Macagaan of ARMM.
Meanwhile, COA Week opened with the traditional parade of athletes, COA officials and employees on May 4, 2015. The opening ceremony featured a Zumba exhibition and theatrical presentations.
Another highlight of the celebrations was the sports festival which pitted champions of the basketball and men’s and women’s volleyball and badminton competitions from the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Team Mindanao was the over-all winner. Another winner was Ms. Kristine Joy B. Torlao of Region VII who was named Makabagong Juana of COA.
President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Michael G. Aguinaldo as Chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA) vice Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan. Atty. Aguinaldo will serve as COA Chairperson until February 2, 2022.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued a statement announcing the appointment on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Atty. Aguinaldo’s appointment was signed by President Aquino on March 24, 2015.
As Deputy Executive Secretary, Atty. Aguinaldo handles legal affairs of the Office of the President including the formulation of operational policies, standards and processes for efficient and effective provision of legal and legislative assistance and services to the organizational units of the Office of the President and the different departments and government agencies.
Prior to joining the Aquino Administration, Atty. Aguinaldo was a partner and executive committee member at the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm for 17 years.
Atty. Aguinaldo obtained his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He placed 7th in the Bar Examinations. He obtained his Master of Laws from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1997.