The SAI Philippines’ Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) program was conferred a Special Mention Award from the Jury of Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), a multi-stakeholder action network to advance fiscal transparency, public participation, and accountability around the world on September 2017.
GIFT has already featured the COA’s CPA program in its Guide on Public Participation Principles and Mechanisms, and has published a case study on the CPA as part of efforts to share with practitioners success experience in public participation in fiscal policies.
The Project Management Office of the Commission spearheaded the implementation of the CPA as a reform strategy and audit technique to engage civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens in the public audit process to improve transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public resources. The COA implements the CPA with its civil society partner, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) with funding support from the Australian Government-Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The World Bank, and Making All Voices Count (MAVC).
Taking home the top prizes for the GIFT Award were the Cascais Participatory Budgeting implemented by the Municipality of Cascais, Portugal; the Farm Subsidies: Public participation to improve the situation of small farmers in Mexico that was executed by the CSO Fundar, Center for Analysis and Research; and Georgia’s Budget Monitor which was implemented by the State Audit Office.
It can be recalled that the CPA project was the recipient of the first Open Government Partnership (OGP) Bright Spots Award during the 2013 Global Summit in London. It is also one of the twelve commitments under the PH-OGP National Action Plan for 2017-2019.
As the Champion/Lead Office in pursuing Operational Plan Goal E – COA Strategic Plan 2016-2022, the HRMO, in its aim to intensify partnership agreements with external sources drove another campaign activity alongside the Oath Taking Ceremony of new Certified Public Accountants (CPA) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on June 29, 2017.
More than 3,389 high-spirited CPAs seized the Plenary Hall as they sanguinely took oath in the presence of representative from high-esteemed government agencies such as Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Budget and Management and giant private accounting firms ready to attract fresh licensed professionals.
During the activity, a CPA who has committed a contract with a private firm expressed interest in submitting application to COA after the termination of said contract. In another instance, a parent, who was a former government employee, encouraged his daughter to consider a career in COA as he knows the significant role of State Auditors in the country’s development.
Meanwhile, the partnership agreement called “Academe-Industry Linkage” between the Commission on Audit (COA) thru the HRMO and the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) Career Center took the HRMO team to TIP Career Center Mock Interview Activity. It however revealed that about 80% percent of over a hundred participants labeled as future specialists in the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture are not aware of possible opportunities for Engineers and Architects in the Commission. With an average of more than two thousand graduates it produces every year, TIP appears to be a good potential source of competitive recruits for the Commission in the coming years.
The COA-HRMO team who conducted the said activities was composed of Ms. Ana Maria P. Santiago, Ms. Albe Victoria B. Alimurung, Mr. Joseph S. Del Rosario Jr., Ms. Ma. Dea Vernice A. Estomo and Mr. Melvin P. Lacsie, under the supervision of Ms. Imelda V. Clave, Officer-in-Charge, Human Resource Policy Studies and Standard Services and Directors Marie Macel O. Tejada and Noel B. Clemente, HRMO, in coordination with the Public Information Office, Office of the Chairperson, represented by Ms. Gaerly Amparo L. Sison.
With the increase in campaign activities, the HRMO believes that young talents from various specializations will be informed of a promising career path and the institution’s noble mandate, and kindle in them a desire to become a part of the country’s supreme audit institution.
As a result of the declining purchasing power of the Philippine peso and due to the rising cost of consumer products and services, the Commission on Audit (COA) recently released COA Circular No. 2017-001 stating that official receipts are no longer needed as supporting documents for expenses amounting to P300 or less that are incurred by government officials and employees while in the performance of their official functions.
The new Circular aims to simplify the reimbursement of expenses that do not require official receipts. However, government officials and employees are still required to submit a certification for expenses P300 or less as supporting document in order for the reimbursement to be processed.
On the other hand, for payment of fares in public utility vehicles (PUVs) issuing receipts such as bus, train, vessel/ship; and purchases in business establishments issuing receipts, official receipts are still needed to facilitate the reimbursement of expenses even if the amount is P300 or less.
The new Circular was signed by the Commission Proper on 19 June 2017 and will take effect fifteen days from the date of publication in a newspaper of general circulation. The Circular was published in the Philippine Star and BusinessWorld on 28 June 2017. - By Dennis Cariño
To view COA Circular No. 2017-001 dated June 19, 2017, click here
Thanks to the glory of world-wide-web, you can get the latest job opportunities pretty much anywhere. This milestone comes into effect after HRMO recommended a partnership project with Jobstreet Philippines Inc. which was approved by COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
The agreement entered by the Commission on Audit (COA) thru the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) was signed by Director Noel B. Clemente for and in behalf of the COA and Ms. Christine Sevilla, Sales Manager of Jobstreet Philippines Inc. The COA-Jobstreet partnership has placed the blanket of its job advertisement to another level. Employees and public servant aspirants can now see the latest COA job vacancies by simply browsing the Jobstreet website. They can do the same convenient browsing using Jobstreet’s mobile application.
This effort is in line with the COA’s Strategic Plan, with HRMO as the champion/lead office, to intensify the recruitment campaign and fast-track the recruitment of auditors, lawyers, and other professionals in various fields of discipline. To complement COA’s active participation in various career fairs and other campus recruitment activities, this time, the Commission is exploring the internet to further increase chances of drawing attention from millions of professionals active online.
On June 7, 2017, Mr. Melvin P. Lacsie of HRMO, the designated Coordinator and Account Administrator, gave an overview of the COA Jobstreet account to kick-off the use and management of the said account. Present in the said meeting were Dir. Noel B. Clemente; Asst. Dir. Marie Macel O. Tejada; Ms. Imelda V. Clave, OIC - Service Chief, Human Resource Policy Studies and Standard Services; Ms. Simonette C. Pentinio, OIC - Service Chief, Recruitment and Promotion Services; Mr. Rodulfo A. Duzon Jr., Administrative Officer V, and Ms. Jennefer F. Estabillo, Administrative Officer II, all of HRMO.
To further raise the level of awareness and maximum participation of all officials and employees of the Commission in the implementation of its projects, programs and activities, the COA Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point (GFP) System launched the “GAD Logo and Slogan Contest.”
The contests mechanics was released through COA Memorandum No. 2016-022 dated 7 November 2016. A total of 13 entries were received with two entries standing out over the rest. The slogan “Gender Equality Mainstreaming Towards Nation Building” crafted by Ms. Aemee Marie Concepcion G. Sandig of the Corporate Government Sector and the logo designed by Engr. Rolando Milan from the Technical Services of COA Region XIII.
Explaining the meaning behind the slogan, Ms. Sandig said that gender inequality and stereotyping are among the most prevailing issues in society, with heightened awareness, these issues are gradually being addressed and traditional gender roles are redefined. Thus, both men and women are empowered to grow and achieve their unified goals to build a stronger foundation for our nation’s progress.
Meanwhile, the winning logo shows two faces in back-to-back, the female side depicted by a pinkish icon with a plus sign and the male side depicted by a bluish icon with an arrow sign. Their ears are merged and depicted by a target which shows a focal point. Engr. Milan explained that although the male and female have opposite viewpoints and varied outlooks in life, their minds are interconnected with each other for a common goal to achieve peace and harmony.
Auditor Sandig and Engr. Milan both received P5,000.00 and certificates of recognition which were awarded last 8 May 2017 during the culmination activity of the COA Week Celebration. The winning entries shall be used in the official letterhead of the COA GFP System and will be present in other official communications and publication materials together with the COA logo as prescribed by COA Memorandum No. 2017-11 dated 24 May 2017.