Published: 28 May 2019
Three Hundred Fifty-three (353) Commission on Audit (COA) officials and personnel of COA Regional Office No. VIII renewed their oath to deliver exemplary government service to the public by participating in the Integrity Pledge ceremony on 30 April 2019 at the COA Multi-Purpose Building, Candahug, Palo, Leyte.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo together with Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, Assistant Commissioners Wilfredo A. Agito, Joseph B. Anacay and Regional Director Lita A. Estil-Diez led the oathtaking ceremony.
Chairperson Aguinaldo said the COA Integrity Pledge, an activity spearheaded by the Integrity Management Committee as part of COA’s Integrity Management Program, is a reminder for COAns that as public servants we are involved in a higher calling. He stressed the importance of acting or serving with integrity, honesty and high moral principles.
Commissioner Pondoc shared a quote from Amy Reese Anderson in an article on Forbes reminding everyone that “Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.”
Atty. Ma. Jerica B. Castroverde and State Auditors Marivic C. Soriano and Sonia M. Alvarina gave testimonies on how they were able to achieve success with integrity to serve as inspiration to fellow COAns. They said hard work, perseverance and being trustworthy can bring success and fulfillment in one’s life.
Assistant Regional Director Atty. Felix M. Basallaje, Jr.emphasized that the call for serving with integrity is not only for auditors but also for everyone no matter the rank. He encouraged everyone to stay committed to the Integrity Pledge as this is the best way to render government service. #