Published: 9 February 2018
Commission on Audit, Quezon City – Following a long but successful career of public service in the Commission on Audit (COA), Commissioner Isabel D. Agito retired on 2 February 2018. She was appointed as Commissioner of COA on 15 January 2016 to serve the remaining term of former COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza who was appointed Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Internal Oversight Services.
The Commission held a simple program to honor Commissioner Mabelle, as she is fondly called by friends and colleagues, at the COA Sports and Cultural Center on 31 January 2018.
“Of course I will miss my work when I retire. I will miss the audit itself, the intense and fiery debates, the passionate exchange of ideas and opinions amongst brilliant minds in the Commission. I am greatly honored to be a part of the COA family. And I will forever be proud to be a COAn," Commissioner Mabelle said.
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and lawyer with 42 years of expertise in the fields of audit, law, governance, training, and administration, Commissioner Mabelle is a career COA official who rose from the ranks. She joined the Commission in 1976 as an auditing examiner. She has audited various national government agencies including the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and Customs, Office of Muslim Affairs and Cultural Communities and the Professional Regulations Commission as well as government corporations such as the Social Security System and the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
Commissioner Mabelle was assigned at almost all of the offices and sectors of the COA, including the Executive Offices as Chief of Staff of then Commissioner and later Chairman Reynaldo A. Villar. She was promoted Assistant Commissioner, the highest career rank in the COA, in August 2008. She served as Sector Head of the Planning, Finance and Management, the National Government and the Legal Services Sectors of the Commission. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she was COA’s General Counsel.