117th COA Anniversary
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and officialsof the Commission welcome delegates from the Supreme Audit Institution ofVietnam and World Bank Hanoi on a study visit to the Philippines on 3 March2017. The participants discussed issueson environment audit.
COA officials conduct teleconferencing on Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) Performance Management Framework (PMF) with representatives of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) on 9 March 2017.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was the keynote speaker and inducting officer at the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines General Assembly on 15 February 2017. Chairperson Aguinaldo talked about the role of internal auditors in strengthening integrity and governance.
The Commission on Audit showcased the gains of the Citizen Participatory Audit of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at a public presentation held at the Professional Development Center Auditorium on 7 February 2017.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito leads COA officials in welcoming representatives of the Audit Board of Indonesia on a study visit to the country to discuss the audit of health insurance systems on 2 February 2017.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia join the participants of the training on security administration held at the Professional Development Center on 27 January 2017.
The Commission on Audit (COA) and the Office of the Ombudsman strengthened anew their joint anti-corruption initiatives to ensure fast and successful investigation and prosecution of graft and corruption cases.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to renew their agencies’ collaborative efforts to pursue, as a shared responsibility, the effective evaluation, audit, investigation, prosecution and monitoring of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) Cases on 28 February 2017 at the Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Ortigas Centre, Mandaluyong City. The project is supported by the USAID Integrity for Investments Initiative (i3).
Chairperson Aguinaldo said the program is a continuation of the existing partnership between COA and OMB in fighting corruption. “It is one step forward if we want to speed up cases involving high value and high profile cases that require extraordinary attention because of the amounts involved,” Chairperson Aguinaldo observed.
Ombudsman Carpio Morales thanked COA for its cooperation and symbiotic relationship with the Office of the Ombudsman. “We exert so much effort in investigating cases involving fraud and corruption related offenses. We expect to be faster in resolving cases to meet the expectations of the people,” the Ombudsman said.
Under the Guidelines on Joint Investigations, the JITs shall investigate fraud audit-related complaints or reports arising from the same or closely-related transactions or acts involving at least P100 million; graft and corruption cases investigated by Congress and other JIT cases imbued with public interest regardless of the amount involved.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales proudly show off the MOA renewing their agencies' joint anti-corruption initiatives.
The Focal Persons, COA Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano and Deputy Special Prosecutor Mary Susan Guillermo of the Office of the Ombudsman, described the highlights of the MOA which include institutionalizing a “JIT Priority Lane”, undertaking joint capability building activities, requesting other law enforcement agents to assist them in the performance of their duties and public reporting of cases, among others.
The reconstituted JIT shall focus on new cases while cases under the previous MOA will be monitored to track status. The COA and the OMB have previously entered into joint investigation agreements in 2010 and 2012. #
Senior officials of the Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan visited the Philippine Commission on Audit to study auditing from a gender perspective.
The Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) shared its experiences in auditing from a gender perspective with senior officials of the Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan during a study visit in the country from 23 to 27 January 2017.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Isabel D. Agito met their Bhutanese counterparts led by Deputy Auditor Generals Prem Mani Pradhan and Chimi Dorji with Assistant Auditor Generals Keldang Namgyel and Dechen Pelden.
Chairperson Aguinaldo thanked the Bhutan audit officials for appreciating the country and wished them to have a fruitful learning and knowledge sharing.
COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, head of the Technical Working Group of the COA Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS), GFPS Secretariat Director Fortunata M. Rubico and Gender Specialist Lourdes C. Turiano discussed the role and achievements of the COA relating to Gender and Development (GAD) concerns.
COA officials shared the Commission’s pioneering work on the audit of GAD-allocated funds, including the development of its own framework towards results-focused audit approach of GAD-related programs and activities through appropriate utilization of GAD-allotted funds.
The delegates also learned about the Philippines’ GAD policies and issues in a visit to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Versoza gave the delegates an oversight on the mandates and role of the PCW, GAD approaches and strategies in the country, Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Effort and GAD planning and budgeting process in the Philippines. The delegates also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between COA and PCW renewing their partnership to intensify the monitoring and auditing of GAD budget.
Delegates also learned how a particular agency implements GAD programs in a visit to the Commission on Higher Education at the end of their week-long study visit to the country.
Deputy Auditor General Chimi Dorji thanked the hosts for the productive study visit and hoped to use what they have learned to improve their audit work relating to GAD concerns. #