COA shares experiences on ASOSAI’s four cross-cutting priorities at international symposium

Published: 16 September 2021

The Commission on Audit (COA) participated in the 8th Symposium of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) held on 8 September 2021. The virtual event with the theme “The ASOSAI and the Next Normal: Resilience Amidst Challenges” was hosted by the State Audit Office of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Five COA officials presented country papers highlighting experiences and best practices of the Commission on sub-themes that represent the four cross-cutting priorities of the Organization’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2027 and the Bangkok Declaration: promoting good governance in the next normal, encouraging for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), leveraging by using advanced technologies for public sector auditing, and responding to disaster and pandemic issues. The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Development Initiative also participated in the sessions.

For Sub-theme A, Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano presented a paper entitled “Promoting Good Governance in the New Normal.” The presentation focused on the COA’s critical role in promoting public trust in the government by establishing an environment of public accountability through fiscal transparency. The Citizen Participatory Audit, Philippine Performance Audit Partnership Project, and the COA’s other collaboration with various anti-corruption bodies and agencies, were among the best practices presented.

Directors Sofia C. Gemora and Michael L. Racelis discussed the topic “SAI and Encouraging Attainment of SDGs” for Sub-theme B. Their country paper expounded the COA’s delivery of performance audit on the National Health Insurance Program as well as in the strengthening of COA’s contribution to SDG audits.

For Sub-theme C, Director Marlon R. Marquina delivered a piece on “Leveraging Opportunities by Using Advanced Technologies for Public Sector Auditing: COA Experience.” The presentation highlighted how the current health crisis has opened new doors for SAI Philippines to modernize public auditing practice by shifting from paper-based audits to a digital-driven one. The COA’s Audit Modernization Program and the Machine Intelligence, Knowledge-based Audit and Experience Learning (MIKA-EL) Project were the highlights of the presentation.

For Sub-theme D, Director Maribeth F. De Jesus presented a paper entitled “Responding to Disaster and Pandemic Issues: COA Experience.” She shared knowledge and experiences on auditing programs responding to calamities, disasters, pandemics, as well as management of these crises. In particular, some of the audits conducted by the COA relating to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management were mentioned.

Overall, the Symposium provided ASOSAI members the opportunity for exchange of knowledge, experiences, visions and perspectives on coping during a pandemic and preparing for the post-pandemic scenario. A compendium report on the papers presented during the Symposium will be published in the ASOSAI website (www.asosai.org). # (Contributed by the Professional Development Office; edited by the Public Information Office)