Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was appointed to head the Supreme Audit Institution on March 24, 2015. Chairperson Aguinaldo is a lawyer with extensive legal, governance and administration expertise acquired from 23 years of professional work as private law practitioner, government official and professor.

Prior to his appointment to COA, Chairperson Aguinaldo was the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President, handling 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.

As Deputy Executive Secretary, he reviewed and prepared decisions on appeals from resolutions, orders and actions of different departments under the jurisdiction of the President and petitions for executive clemency. He also reviewed and submitted recommendations on proposed bills and enrolled bills passed by Congress, the legality of treaties, conventions and executive agreements entered into by the government with other countries for consideration of the President.

He headed the Investigation and Adjudication Office (formerly the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission) and oversaw the implementation of integrity initiatives consistent with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Before joining government, Chairperson Aguinaldo was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm. Having been with the law firm for 17 years, Chairperson Aguinaldo acquired extensive expertise handling special projects, particularly in infrastructure, telecommunications and energy sectors. He has extensive experience in the conduct of legal audit and due diligence of acquisitions and mergers and in compliance-related matters for both foreign and domestic corporations. He has also handled litigation and arbitration for both domestic and international clients in civil, tax, securities and labor cases, and petitions and appeals before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Chairperson Aguinaldo is also a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, and has taught courses in Obligations and Contracts, Credit Transactions, Legal Forms, Labor Relations, Labor Standards Law and Negotiation Seminar.

He obtained his law degree from the Ateneo in April 1992. Afterwards, he worked as an associate at the De Borja Medialdea Ata Bello Guevara and Serapio law office.

Chairperson Aguinaldo also holds a Special Degree in International Economic Law obtained from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in May, 1997. He placed 7th in the 1992 Philippine Bar Examinations.

Commissioner Jose A. Fabia was appointed to the Commission on Audit (COA) on May 2, 2014 and was confirmed in record time by the Commission on Appointments unanimously and without opposition from its members on June 11, 2014. He is a lawyer with 31 years of experience in law, management, governance issues, business, communications, and healthcare.

Commissioner Fabia first joined the government in 1987 as Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Department of Health. He left the Department in 1991 to run for Mayor of his town, Binmaley, Pangasinan.

As Assistant Secretary, he assisted in developing the legal and regulatory framework for the implementation of health programs and policies. His health legal reform advocacy led to the amendment of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the enactment of the Milk Code and the Generics Act. These laws assured safe, effective and high quality, yet affordable drugs and medicines.

As the legal counsel of the Department, he was instrumental in reviewing internal audit reports that led to administrative actions against its erring officials and employees. He also served as Vice-chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board of the Philippines, member of the Board of Governors of the East Avenue Medical Center, and trustee of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine Foundation.

From 1992 to 1995, Commissioner Fabia served as Municipal Mayor of Binmaley, Pangasinan where he planned and implemented the Nutrition, Food, Environment and Medicare Program for Indigents. The program was designed to help malnourished children and their families, to increase food production in the community, to protect the environment, and to assist poor patients who have no means to pay for their hospitalization. The Program was recognized by the Asian Institute of Management, the Ford Foundation, and the Department of Interior and Local Government as one of the best local government programs in the country for its innovation, sustainability, and replicability. It won the Galing Pook Award in 1994.

Commissioner Fabia was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, which he transformed from a P150-million company in 1995 to a P20-billion corporation in 1998. At Philhealth, he developed the organizational and actuarial framework for a universal health insurance program. He partnered with hospitals and local government units in improving healthcare in the grassroots level, and headed health financing projects in the Philippines funded by the governments of the United States and Germany.

Trained in quality assurance in healthcare and healthcare financing under the Joint Commission International for the Accreditation of Healthcare Providers in the United States, Commissioner Fabia was awarded for his pioneering efforts in healthcare fraud detection and prevention and the radio program “Dear Philhealth,” which he started in 1998 and is still airing up to the present, was feted with the Gawad Florendo.

When he left Philhealth in 1998, the poor in the 28 poorest provinces and four cities in the country were already covered by health insurance, the Medicare program for the employed both in government and in the private sector were already under Philhealth. He laid the foundations for one of the biggest and most profitable government corporations in the country today.

Commissioner Fabia left government service from 1998 to 2010 to fulfill his obligation of guiding and caring for his growing family. While in private sector, he practiced law and was consultant of the Glycan Group of Companies in Switzerland and the province of Sandaun, Papua New Guinea.

He served as Director-General of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) from 2010 to 2012. At the PIA, he initiated the Anti-Drug Courier Program that won an Anvil Award in 2011 for successfully disabling illegal drug trafficking syndicates through public information and education, resulting in an 82% decrease in drug trafficking cases in 2011.

As the PIA head, Commissioner Fabia actively represented the Philippines in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Committee on Information and Culture (COCI). He ably represented the COCI in its fund management committee. He likewise successfully shepherded the drafting of the ASEAN communications plan as chair of its working committee.

Commissioner Fabia introduced Text Blast as a means of communicating government programs and projects, informing key decision makers of news in real-time and warning people about impending natural calamities. Text messaging is now institutionalized by Congress as a disaster preparedness tool, a service which will be provided to the people for free by the enactment of Republic Act No.10639, otherwise known as “The Free Mobile Disaster Act.” He created the Typhoon Juan Facebook account, the first social media platform for disaster information. The Typhoon Juan Facebook account evolved into the Weather Watch Account in Facebook. Weather Watch remains to be an effective information network for disaster preparedness and information.

A serial innovator, Commissioner Fabia anchored the TV program Communications and News Exchange Forum, a tool to disseminate government programs and a strategy to make government transparent and accountable. He also started the “One Mindanao” daily online magazine, the first of its kind in the country.

After passing the bar in 1982 with the grade of 84.75%, Commissioner Fabia started his law practice in the Province of Pangasinan. He advocated environmental protection, provided legal representation to poor litigants, and helped watch groups in the prevention of electoral fraud during the 1986 Philippine Presidential Election. He was also a law professor at the University of Pangasinan where he introduced critical thinking and case method in the subjects that he taught.

For his significant contributions in the field of public service, Commissioner Fabia was awarded the Most Outstanding Pangasinense in Public Service by the Kaluyagan nen Palaris, a socio-civic confederation of Pangasinan organizations.

Commissioner Fabia holds a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship (with Superior Distinction) from the Asian Institute of Management, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

Commissioner Agito is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and lawyer with 40 years of expertise in the fields of audit, law, governance, training, and administration. She was appointed ad interim Commissioner of the Commission on Audit (COA) on January 15, 2016. Her appointment was confirmed by the Commission on Appointments on May 25, 2016.

A career COA official who rose from the ranks, Commissioner Agito joined COA as an auditing examiner in 1976. Commissioner Agito was assigned in the audit of various government agencies and corporations as Assistant Unit Head/Assistant Auditor and as Unit Head/Corporate Auditor for more than twenty years. She has also audited Philippine embassies and other foreign-based government agencies. She joined the teams in the audit of the United Nations Headquarters and specialized agencies since 1989. Commissioner Agito was part of the Pilot Sectoral Performance Audit of the Government Housing Program in 2002 under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-COA-AusAID Project, and audit of Disaster Fund and other UNDP projects, among other special audit assignments. She was Project Coordinator for the COA-UNDP Participatory Audit project in 2000-2001. Commissioner Agito also supervised the Special Task Force on Flagship Projects.

Commissioner Agito was assigned at almost all of the offices and sectors of the COA, including the Executive Offices as Chief of Staff of then Commissioner and later Chairman Reynaldo A. Villar. She was promoted Assistant Commissioner, the highest career rank in the COA, in August 2008. She served as Sector Head of the Planning, Finance and Management, the National Government and the Legal Services Sectors of the Commission. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she was COA’s General Counsel.

Commissioner Agito was born in Bangued, Abra but raised in Baguio City where she finished both her grade and high school as a consistent honor student.

Commissioner Agito obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting degree and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the East. She passed the First Grade Entrance Examination in 1974, the Board Examination for CPAs in 1979 and the Bar Examinations in 1994. Commissioner Agito was, likewise, conferred in 1997 the Career Service Executive Eligibility for third level positions given by the Civil Service Commission and the Career Executive Service Eligibility in 1999 administered by the Career Executive Service Board.