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2014 Women’s Month Celebration Opening Ceremonies
Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza (left) cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the exhibit entitled “Pagtatanghal ng mga Kaisipan, Damdamin at Ala-ala ng Kababaihan” held at the COA lobby in celebration of Women’s Month. With her are Assistant Commissioners Isabel D. Agito and Lourdes M. Castillo and Director Flerida A. Jimenez.
Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan at Bulong Pulungan
Citizen Participatory Audit first anniversary
Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, Comissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Rowena V. Guanzon with Mr. Desmond Ferguson, representative of Minister Counselor Layton Pike, and Mr. Basile Gilbert, Governance Specialist of the Public Financial Management Reform Program, during the first anniversary celebration of the Commission on Audit's Citizen Participatory Audit Project.
Chairperson Pulido Tan at Integrity Summit
Chairperson Maria Gracia M. PuldioTan at the 3rd Integrity Summit held at the Makati Shangri-La on September 19, 2013.
Chairperson Pulido Tan at UP Women Lawyers Circle Conference
Commission on Audit Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan (3rd from right) with other notable legal luminaries at the national leadership conference of the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle with the theme “Women in Law: Leaders of the New Millennium” held on October 17-18, 2013 at the Manila Hotel.
114th Year of State Audit
The Commission on Audit (COA) welcomed this year’s Women’s Month Celebration with a special tribute on March 3, 2014 for fellow auditors who have died in the line of duty.
The program began with a heart-warming rendition of Fr. Manoling Francisco’s “Likhain Mo" sung by the COA Choir. COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza then recited an original poem in commemoration of our dearly departed COAns:
…Dakila ang mahimlay sa pakikipaglaban
Kaysa manatiling kinikitil ng katiwalian
Sa bala nagtatapos ang akala ng ilan
Ang matuwid na buhay ay magpakailanman!
Commissioner Mendoza, together with Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, COA Gender and Development (GAD) Committee Chairperson, led the ground-breaking of the first-ever COA-GAD marker. “In this never-ending war against corruption, as in any war, there will be casualties and it is but fitting that we put up something to remember them by,” said Assistant Commissioner Arcadio B. Cuenco, Jr.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan was the guest speaker and conferring officer at the Fourth Conferment of the Philippine Board of Pain Medicine (PBPM) held at the G Hotel Manila on February 7, 2014.
“Thank you for choosing pain management as your specialty, and establishing the Philippine Board of Pain Medicine to promote, enhance and professionalize this practice area,” said Chairperson Pulido Tan to the PBPM board officers, diplomats, and candidates.
Chairperson Pulido Tan, who once dreamt of becoming a doctor, recognized how “medicine and medical care has expanded to include not only curing and healing, but the promotion of the over-all quality of life as well – a life that is either free from pain (if there is such a condition), or a life well lived in spite of pain. The pseudo-doctor that I am, I think the latter is the real challenge for all of you. For to be free from pain is simply not to exist; to live well in spite of pain is to grow and become and prevail.”