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.
The team that conducted the special audit of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG)- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) covering the period January 2008 to September 2009 won the Pag-asa award conferred by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The ORG-ARMM special audit team uncovered anomalies including fictitious procurements amounting to Ᵽ1.3 billion. Of that amount, transactions amounting to more than Ᵽ393 million were denied by alleged suppliers as having been contracted with them. Likewise, the other suppliers were not licensed or have questionable capability to supply the agency requirements.
The team was composed of Director Evelyn P. Reyes (over-all team supervisor), Director Elsielin C. Masangcay (team supervisor), Auditors Florefe S. Avila (team leader) and Grace T. De Castro (co-team leader), and Marilyn C. Bibat, Joselita G. Corteza, Gale Kathrine M. Hernandez and Dondon P. Marcos (team members).
“We are honored to receive such an award. While it is recognized that at some time or another, we are at risk in conducting our audits, it is still our responsibility to perform our work to the best that we can with honesty, integrity and independence,” said Director Reyes. “We feel that credit should also go to Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia who was involved in the audit, accompanying the team in obtaining additional documents, conducting confirmation and project inspections in ARMM while she was director of the Special Audit Office,” she added.
As Pag-asa awardees, the team will receive a gold-gilded medallion and plaque as well as Ᵽ100,000 cash prize. The CSC confers the Pag-asa Award to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance which directly benefits more than one department of the government.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan shared about the Philippine experience on Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) at the South Asian Regional Virtual Learning Series of the World Bank Institute (WBI) on June 10, 2014.
Through video conferencing, Chairperson Pulido Tan discussed how the CPA was conceptualized, the ways by which non-government stakeholders engage in the audit process, and various joint capacity building activities undertaken by the COA. She presented before her counterparts in the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
“This is a priority program, founded on the premise that public accountability can prosper only with a vigilant citizenry,” Chairperson Pulido Tan said.
Chairperson Pulido Tan elaborated on some of the results of three pilot audits on the CAMANAVA Flood Control Project, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Barangay Health Centers, and the Solid Waste Management Project of Quezon City. She also gave inputs on the steps to institutionalize the program.
Through the CPA, audits are conducted with citizen representatives included in the team to educate citizens in the audit process and encourage vigilant participation in exacting government accountability. The audit is under the direct supervision and control of the COA.
Assistant Auditor General Mr. Babu Ram Gautam of Nepal also shared the roadmap of citizen engagement in Nepal focusing on how the process begun, the merits in citizen engagement and capacity support and platform collaboration.