Published: 3 March 2016
The Commission on Audit (COA) welcomed this year’s National Women’s Month Celebration with the opening of the exhibit on “Women Power” at the COA Main Building Lobby on February 29, 2016.
“I am proud working with the women in COA as they are among the brightest, bravest and the most professional people I have ever met in the government service,” said COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
Chairperson Aguinaldo said that in behalf of the Commission Proper, they will extend their full support to the women of COA. “Pursuant to the job and if there is any need to seek protection from us, we will be here also to provide that,” the Chairperson added.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito, on her part, observed that the Commission has somehow already achieved gender equality. She noted that there is one “Juana” in the Commission Proper, seven out of ten “Juanas” in the Assistant Commissioners Group and there are many lady directors in the Commission.
This year’s theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda” is very timely according to Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, Chairperson of the COA Gender and Development (GAD) Technical Working Group. She said the theme calls for capacitating women and including their concerns in the government development agenda. Assistant Commissioner Castillo gave the opening remarks to formally launch the COA Women’s Month celebration after the flag raising ceremony led by members of the COA-GAD Focal Point System.
Activities for the month-long celebration include a seminar on the Revised COA-GAD Framework on March 3, a livelihood seminar sponsored by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority on March 4 and a “lunch for a cause” on March 30. COAns will also participate in the national celebration dubbed “Sama-samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana” at the Quirino Grandstand on March 16. #