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.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismissed criminal charges against the 12 Commission on Audit (COA) auditors in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) releases through the National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) and Technology Resource Center (TRC) that went to questionable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) between 2007 to 2009.
In a 62-page Resolution signed last June 22, 2015, Ombudsman Morales dismissed the complaints and all criminal charges against State Auditors Jerry A. Calayan, and Sylvia P. Montes (retired) who were assigned at the TRC, as well as State Auditors Annie L. Recabo, Rebecca B. Aquino, Diana E. Casado, Bella G. Tesorero, Susan D. Guardian, Elizabeth M. Savella, Merle M. Valentin, Aida S. Villania, Laarni Lyn E. Torres, and Herminia SD. Aquino (retired) who were assigned at NABCOR.
The Ombudsman found no sufficient evidence to hold respondents either administratively or criminally liable. “There is no probable cause to prosecute the COA officials. The evidence do not suggest that respondent-auditors conspired with their co-respondents in the misuse of former Representative of 2nd District, South Cotabato Arthur Y. Pingoy’s PDAF,” the Ombudsman said.
“On Calayan’s part, there was no showing that he was negligent in the conduct of his audit. In his 2007 audit findings, he revealed that PSDFI [Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc.] was one of the 28 NGOs which did not submit its corporate papers. He likewise indicated that two releases of Pingoy’s PDAF in 2007 for P10M and P5M remain unliquidated,” the Ombudsman said.
As for Montes, “she was able to satisfactorily show that she did not participate in the audit of TRC’s transactions. A perusal of her list of tasks to different government agencies from 2007 up to the time of her retirement does not indicate that she was assigned as Supervising Auditor of TRC at any given time.”
The Ombudsman ruled that COA auditors assigned at NABCOR did not appear to have conspired with their co-respondents in the misappropriation or misuse of Pingoy’s PDAF nor found to have been negligent in the performance of their duties.
“Said auditors were able to refute complainants’ allegation of negligence as the records show that the audit of NABCOR’s operation for 2008 was conducted only on September to December 2009. As for the 2009 transactions of NABCOR, their audit started only in October 2010. It was further shown at that time in the course of their audit, 20 audit observation, and 13 Audit Observation Memos (AOMs) were issued by them for 2007, 54 AOMs for 2008, and 13 AOMs for 2009, all of which have been included in the Annual Audit Report,” the Ombudsman said.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with some of COA’s new employees during the orientation seminar held at the Professional Development Center Auditorium on July 1, 2015.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo advised new COA employees to give their best in their work during the orientation seminar conducted by the Professional and Institutional Development Sector from July 1-3, 2015.
“Keep in mind that what you do will be reflective of COA as well, so do your work properly to the best that you can. We have a good reputation now, let us not spoil it. Instead, bring it to a higher level,” Chairperson Aguinaldo said.
In his first appearance in an orientation class, Chairperson Aguinaldo told new recruits to take the opportunity to learn from those who have been in COA longer because they have the wealth of experience. At the same time, Chairperson Aguinaldo encouraged new COAns to keep their minds open for things that could be done better and to not be afraid to question processes that could be improved.
Chairperson Aguinaldo also emphasized the role of COA as enablers and partners of government agencies so they can perform their mandate more efficiently and effectively. To do this, COA must have a clearer and more uniform interpretation of audit rules and regulations and to educate public officials, especially in the barangays, on COA rules.
Around 160 new state auditors, state auditing examiners, special investigators, training specialists and administrative staff participated in the orientation seminar which aims to give newly hired COA personnel a better understanding of the Commission’s mandate, organizational structure, and administrative policies. The seminar’s goals also include instilling COA Core Values and professional ethics as well as improving personal effectiveness.