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.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Titon Mitra with COA officials and audit team members, and representatives from the UNDP, National Economic and Development Authority and implementing partners at the General Audit Debriefing on the FY 2015 Harmonized Approach To Cash Transfer (HACT) Transitional Audit Exercise on April 8, 2016.
The Commission on Audit (COA) successfully culminated the FY 2015 Harmonized Approach To Cash Transfer (HACT) Transitional Audit Exercise for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported projects and programmes.
COA presented the highlights of the audit and audit opinion rendered on the financial reports at an audit debriefing held at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Boardroom in Pasig City on April 8, 2016.
The UNDP has sought the assistance of COA to provide annual audit services to UNDP supported projects and programmes. For the 2015 HACT Transitional Audit Exercise, audit teams focused on the areas of cash management, finance, asset management, procurement, general administration, human resource, assessment of the project’s internal control, and a general review of the project’s progress and timeliness in relation to progressed milestones and planned completion date.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo emphasized the valued partnership between UNDP and the COA while UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra welcomed the efforts of the audit teams in helping the UNDP ascertain the proper use of its resources.
As in the previous audits, COA is bound by the provisions of the Terms of Reference and guided by the UNDP Accounting Policies. In comparison with former UNDP audit exercises however, this present audit focused on the validation of almost 100% of the UNDP assets, exempting only those that are impractical to validate. COA Assistant Commissioner Susan P. Garcia is the Project Manager.
COA, UNDP, and NEDA officials with implementing partners consisting of various government agencies and intergovernmental/non-government organizations and COA audit teams attended the event. # – with report from Jennifer Andrea S. Imperial
Land Bank of the Philippines Assistant Vice President Reynaldo C. Copa explains the features of the new Check Image Clearing System at a presentation before COA officials and auditors on April 7, 2016.
Officials of the Commission on Audit (COA) and representatives from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) discussed the various features and issues relating to the new Check Image Clearing System (CICS) to provide faster movement of funds and reduce or eliminate fraud at a presentation held at the COA CP Boardroom on April 7, 2016.
In the new CICS, a deposited check will be scanned and its electronic payment information and image will be transmitted throughout the entire clearing cycle. The original physical check will be removed from the clearing process. The new system is part of the Philippine Clearing House Corp. (PCHC)’s automated clearing system that integrates the CICS with the Electronic Fund Transfer Network.
LBP Assistant Vice President Reynaldo C. Copa, in his presentation, said the system will address geographical limitation by eliminating movement of physical paper, streamline the process and create a faster & more secured payment exchange environment.
“This new system will reduce the number of days for a check to be cleared. For instance, if a check deposited within cut-off time or 3 pm today, funds will be made available for withdrawal by 3 pm the next day. There will also be controls put in place to protect the integrity of the scanned checks,” Mr. Copa said.
The six minimum mandatory check security features are: security fibers (visible & invisible), embedded watermark of the PCHC logo, microprint of bank initials along the signatory line, microprint of the security printer’s name along the date line, “Copy” pantograph, and erasable ultraviolet (UV) ink/UV security features. To protect the payee, a drawer’s conformity statement will be included. The new checks will be launched by July 2016.
COA officials, for their part, expressed concern regarding the legality of the scanned checks as evidence, other requirements of investigating bodies and additional security features of the new check clearing system. COA officials said the rules of evidence should catch up with this new development in the banking system.
The LBP representatives also asked COA to revisit COA Circular No. 2012-005 on Prescribing the use of Punong Barangay Certification (PBC) and COA Auditor’s Advice (CAA) which provides, among others, the preparation of the CAA to a Government Servicing Bank holding further payment of checks issued by a barangay that has not submitted a copy of the PBC and other required documents. LBP and COA officials discussed various ways by which barangays can avoid being penalized a hefty amount for stop payments but must still be able to comply with the required documents.
Other LBP officials who attended the presentation were Vice President Ma. Eloisa C. Dayrit (Head, Banking Services Group), Vice President Ana S. Concha (Head, System Implementation Dept.), Mr. Raymond Santos of the System Implementation Dept. and COA-LBP branch manager Lourdes E. Flor. #