March 18, 2013 – As the nation celebrates Women’s Month, the third woman to complete an all-women Commission on Audit (COA) aptly promised to give priority to gender and development.

Newly appointed COA Commissioner Maria Rowena Amelia V. Guanzon, known as a litigation lawyer in the pioneer field of gender discrimination and violence against women, took her oath of office before Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno today.

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ROME, ITALY – The Philippine’s Commission on Audit (COA) was appointed as External Auditor of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for another six-year term during the 148th session of the FAO Finance Committee last March 19, 2013. It was selected over other shortlisted candidates, Germany and United Kingdom.

This is the second time that the Commission will serve as FAO External Auditor. It was first elected last June 2007 at the FAO Council’s 132nd session with a four-year term from 2008. In April 2011, its term was extended for the period 2012-2013 during the 141st session of the FAO Council.

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April 18, 2013 – Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD with Commission on Audit Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza, Commissioner Rowena V. Guanzon and guests Atty. Bayani Tan, CP Boardroom Architect Edwin M. Gumila and family. The mass was held at the COA Fountain Area.

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The reported shooting incident in the Commission on Audit (COA) premises this morning is currently under investigation by the Police. We do not wish to preempt the investigation, so let us wait for the results.

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The Commission on Audit (COA) is the Philippines Supreme Audit Institution. It is a fiscally autonomous and constitutionally independent institution headed by a Chairperson whose rank is equivalent to Auditor-General.

The Constitution gives COA the power and duty to audit and settle all government accounts, the authority to define the scope of its audit, report the financial condition and operation of Government, keep its general accounts and, as a quasi-judicial body, decide cases brought before it.

The Constitution gives COA the power and duty to audit and settle all government accounts, the authority to define the scope of its audit, report the financial condition and operation of Government, keep its general accounts and, as a quasi-judicial body, decide cases brought before it.

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