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.
The Commission on Audit (COA) revised its Vision and Mission Statements to align with the major thrusts of its new Six-Year Strategic Plan. The Commission adopted the Revised Vision and Mission Statements through COA Resolution No. 2016-011 on June 28, 2016..
The revised Vision and Mission Statements not only highlighted COA’s mandate as an independent institution guarding public resources but also emphasized its role as an enabling partner of government in the delivery of public service. COA also acknowledged its partnership with various stakeholders with the end goal of benefitting the Filipino people..
The new Vision and Mission Statements read as follows:
A trustworthy, respected and independent audit institution that is an enabling partner of government in ensuring a better life for every Filipino.
To ensure accountability for public resources, promote transparency, and help improve government operations, in partnership with stakeholders, for the benefit of the Filipino people.
COA officials held a workshop on November 30, 2015 to December 4, 2015 to draft the revised Vision and Mission Statements and refine details of its 2016-2022 Strategic Plan. Under this plan, COA will undertake various initiatives to achieve six strategic goals: 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. # .
Commission on Audit Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with delegates from other countries at the 2016 Plenary Conference of the Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia (PEMNA)
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo shared gains in audit transparency through COA’s Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) project as well as COA plans and programs at a conference attended by 300 public expenditure officials and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and COA Commissioner Jose A. Fabia were keynote and plenary speakers, respectively, at the 2016 Plenary Conference of the Public Expenditure Management Network in Asia (PEMNA) hosted by the Philippines from June 8-10, 2016, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City..
Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad and Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran were also at the opening session to welcome delegates from PEMNA member countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Russia. Representatives of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, UNICEF, and US Treasury also attended the conference.
Chairperson Aguinaldo reported that since the launch of the CPA in 2012, three successful pilot audits have been implemented: the KAMANAVA flood control project, the Solid Waste Management program in Quezon City, and the barangay health programs in Marikina City.
“Our experience with the CPA project has taught us that even when two groups have very different and sometimes clashing viewpoints, as with state auditors and civil society groups, they can work together to achieve shared goals and aspirations. In this case, to make sure that government agencies implement programs to obtain desired outcomes,” he added.
Chairperson Aguinaldo also shared programs under COA’s new Seven-year Strategic Plan including a program to institutionalize a Change Management Framework where COA will create a Change Management Team to develop strategies on communicating changes, conducting training and coaching plan as well as a plan to use social media to engage the public’s aid in monitoring infrastructure projects. Chairperson Aguinaldo noted that these are plans that are still in its concept stages.
Commissioner Fabia, for his part, gave an update of COA’s continuing audit reforms such as the adoption of an additional three Philippine Public Sector Accounting Standards (PPSSAs) on General Auditing Guidelines on Financial Audit and the approval and prescription of the Revised Chart of Accounts for Local Government Units and the Revised Chart of Accounts for Government Corporations.
The 2016 PEMNA Conference served as a venue for public financial managers in Asia and the Pacific to discuss fiscal transparency and citizen participation and experiences in PFM reform implementation with the perspective of local government as implementers of reform and another session focusing on change management.
Philippine public finance officials emphasized the country’s holistic approach to public expenditure from planning and budgeting to implementation and monitoring as well as audit and reporting.
PEMNA is a peer-learning network of PFM practitioners to help governments across Asia and Pacific countries to improve management of public spending. Past plenary conferences of PEMNA were held in Myanmar, Mongolia, China, and Korea.