117th COA Anniversary
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo receives a token from officials of the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines during the 2nd General Membership Meeting held at Dusit Thani Manila in Makati City. The event’s theme was “Embrace and Lead Change.”
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Isabel D. Agito, Assistant Commissioner Arcadio B. Cuenco, Jr., Director Corazon S. Gomez and Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda at the groundbreaking of the Provincial Satellite Audit Office building in San Fernando Pampanga on February 29, 2016.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito receives her loyalty award during the COA Salutes the Best program held as part of the COA 117th anniversary celebration on May 5, 2016. Joining her are Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Jose A. Fabia
Commissioner Jose A. Fabia and Engr. Noel Sta. Ines of the World Bank during the forum with development partners held at the COA Professional Development Center on June 24, 2016.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito with Assistant Commissioners Luz L. Tolentino and Sabiniano G. Cabatuan and COA Directors Wilfredo A. Agito, Luzvi Pangan-Chatto, Irma S. Besas, Eugene R. Dizon and Jonathan B. Beltran at the partnership forum on June 24, 2016.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Rappler’s Maria Ressa before Rappler Talk’s broadcast on insulating road projects from politics. Chairperson Aguinaldo guested in the show on April 5, 2016.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Dean Dr. Ma. Fe V. Mendoza (middle) and College Secretary Dr. Minerva S. Baylon of the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) at the UP NCPAG commencement exercise held on June 24, 2016. Chairperson Aguinaldo talked about the role of public administration in changing times.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with officials of the Philippine Association of Local Government Accountants (PhALGA) at their 13th Annual National Conference held in Manila from May 24-27, 2016.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia lead the inauguration of the new Provincial Satellite Auditing Office building at San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia led the inauguration of the Commission’s new Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) building at San Carlos City, Pangasinan on July 29, 2016.
The PSAO building in San Carlos City is the first in Region I. COA continues to build satellite offices in the provinces to provide auditors, especially those in far-flung areas, a home and to enhance auditors’ independence in the performance of their duties.
Chairperson Aguinaldo encouraged auditors and regional officials to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. “The audited agencies need guidance and we should be able to engage with them. We want to be partners in progress,” he said.
“COA is not a frontline agency, we do not provide the service directly to the public but a lot of our audited agencies do. What we need to do is to make sure that they [the agencies] do their jobs correctly and use their resources wisely to achieve their goals that will benefit the people,” he added.
Commissioner Fabia echoed Chair Aguinaldo’s sentiments, noting that audited agencies do their jobs better so that they can also deliver goods and services to their constituents in accordance with their mandate, whether local, national or even corporate. “We have to help them. If they want our guidance we will guide them. That’s our new paradigm – we will be enablers,” he said. .
Assistant Commissioners Divinia M. Alagon of the Local Government Sector and Sabiniano G. Cabatuan of the Administrative Sector, Directors Lynn SF. Sicangco and Danilo M. Lagason and other COA officials were also present in the said event. # - Angel Villaflor
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Isabel D. Agito with COA’s development partners and stakeholders at the partnership forum last June 24, 2016
The Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) bared its various initiatives under the 2016-2022 COA Strategic Plan to its stakeholders and development partners at a forum held on June 24, 2016 at the COA Professional Development Center Auditorium.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Isabel D. Agito led COA officials in presenting the plans and programs under the Strategic Plan as well as in introducing the Commission’s mandate and the professionals that comprise COA to its development partners.
Around 30 representatives from COA’s stakeholders and development partners—the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines, Development Academy of the Philippines, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific, French Development Agency, Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Board of Accountancy, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and Symph—attended the forum.
Chairperson Aguinaldo said that the core of COA’s 2016-2022 Strategic Plan was to revitalize COA’s role as an enabler of government in the delivery of public service.
“We should be more of an enabler. We should be able to make agencies that we audit better, even if it’s just through proper, efficient, and effective use of their resources,” said Chairman Aguinaldo.
The initiatives to enable agencies include: redefining scope of audit; Public Financial Management Reform; update, simplify, and codify rules; educate government officials on rules; provision of a technical assistance facility; strengthen internal control systems of government agencies; preparation of cost and schedule guides; and finding a way to prepare consolidated annual financial statement.
In order to build a better COA, this Commission’s officials had rewritten the Vision and Mission statements as well as identified six goals under the Strategic Plan. These goals are: create positive impact; empower and enable agencies; improve delivery of high quality, fair and timely audits; increase stakeholder ownership and understanding; strengthen capacity and capability; and enhance support infrastructure.
“Our methodologies included group discussions, interviews, and consultations with COA officials, professionals, external stakeholders, and international bodies,” Chairperson Aguinaldo added.
During the forum, Chairperson Aguinaldo also reported the key challenges of the Commission before presenting the goals and initiatives.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Fabia also introduced COA’s development partners. He remarked that through the event, partners would gain a deeper understanding of COA’s mandate in safeguarding funds. He told partners and stakeholders that COA works to ensure that government resources are put to good use and that results of audit are being used as evidence in court in prosecution of graft and corruption cases.
Commissioner Agito, for her part, introduced COA’s professionals to its development partners, observing that COA has a multi-disciplinary workforce of more than 8,000 employees comprising mostly of Certified Public Accountants and other professionals. She observed the dedication of those who opted to stay in COA notwithstanding offers of higher salaries outside