COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was guest speaker during the induction ceremony for the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers 2020 National Officers and Directors held on 18 January 2020 at Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and AMA University Chairman Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of scholarship programs to employees of the Commission on 20 January 2020.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with COA Officials during the Strategic Planning held at the Professional Development Center on 11 February 2020.
Former Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, Director Fortunata M. Rubico and Director Jonathan B. Beltran join resource persons from the Climate Change Commission during the Gender and Climate Change Orientation for the Commission on Audit on 3 to 4 March 2020.
Dr. Reynaldo O. Samson, from the Philippine National Police, discusses National Security, Local Security and Company Physical Security during the Symposium on Public Safety and Personal Security on 2 March 2020 at PIDS Auditorium.
Participants of the Advance Performance Audit Course held at the Professional Development Center on 10 February 2020.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with Calamba Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr., Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and COA Regional Office IV-A Director Mario G. Lipana lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office in Calamba, Laguna on 11 February 2020.
Commission on Audit (COA) auditors Mae Diane M. Azores and Myra M. Baranda of COA Regional Office No. V topped the 2019 Bar Examinations. Azores ranked first with a score of 91.0490% and Baranda was third with a score of 88.8250%. Both are from the University of Sto. Tomas-Legazpi (formerly Aquinas University) and are Certified Public Accountants.
Azores is a State Auditing Examiner II and an audit team member of CAAP Area Center 5, Corporate Government Sector (CGS), Cluster 4, COA Regional Office No. V. Meanwhile, Baranda has been with the Commission for the last five years and is assigned at the Daraga City auditing unit.
“My warmest congratulations to Attys. Azores and Baranda and all the Bar passers from the Commission on Audit. As you enjoy the fruit of your hard work, I encourage you to uphold justice especially for those who have less in life and live with integrity and professionalism. You have made all of us in the COA family proud,” said COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
In an interview with DZMM, Azores said she prepared for the examinations by waking up daily at 4 am and studying for more than ten hours. "No dream is ever big, especially po sa provincial schools. We can always dream bigger. Kung iisipin talaga natin, kung kaya talaga, kaya talaga siya. Tiwala lang sa Diyos. Dasal lang talaga," Azores said in another interview with ABS-CBN News.
Baranda, for her part, said in an interview with Rappler that she wanted to remain as an auditor for the people and that she owed a lot to COA for letting her stay in Albay which allowed her to go to law school. “Ang gusto ko sa pagiging state auditor, yung interaction sa tao, naririnig mo yung hinaing nila, ever time na nag-thank you sila, fulfilling sa ‘yo na nakatulong ka in a small way,” Baranda said to Rappler.
According to the Supreme Court, there were 2,103 successful examinees out of the 7,685 who completed the Bar exams.
As the Commission on Audit celebrates its 121st Anniversary during these difficult and increasingly challenging times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am greeting everyone with a meaningful and purposeful anniversary.
I would like to take this opportunity to call for unity amongst COAns to pray for those who are suffering, who have lost their loved ones and to heal as one as we hope that this crisis that brought enormous changes to our lives will soon come to pass. Let us also take this time to rest our bodies and minds, meditate and renew our faith for we have much work to do in the coming days.
The Commission continues to be a partner of our country's fight against the unseen enemy who has brought global fears about health, the financial situation, and safety. We are doing our part to help those in need and to continuously safeguard our country's coffers, especially those government funds intended to respond to the current pandemic. As there is much work to be done in auditing COVID-19 funds, I am calling on our auditors and everyone to remain vigilant and to perform our mandated duties without fear or favor.
I hope that everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to these challenges we are now facing.
On our 121st Anniversary, let us continue to support the government's fight against COVID-19. Stay safe and stay well.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with Calamba Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr., Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and COA Regional Director Mario G. Lipana led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) for the Province of Laguna in Calamba City on 11 February 2020.
Chairperson Aguinaldo expressed his gratitude to the City Government of Calamba, noting the good relationships between the local government and the Commission in the delivery of public service, and in promoting interdependence among government agencies. He said COA empowers and enables government agencies to effectively and efficiently carry-out their mandates to their constituents. He also emphasized principles of pakikipag-usap at pakikipagtulungan between the Commission and government agencies to better deliver public services.
Commissioner Pondoc reiterated the Chairperson’s message, noting that the Commission is an enabler of auditees in good governance.
Meanwhile, Mayor Chipeco and Congressman Chipeco, Jr., said that the establishment of the Regional Government Center in Calamba where the PSAO will be located will bring basic services nearer to constituents and pledged to refurbish the surrounding area. Director Lipana and Assistant Director Maria Oliva V. Ortega expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the assistance provided by the City Government and the COA Commission Proper in the development of the PSAO.
Also in attendance was Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region IV-A Director Samson L. Hebra who commended the Commission in recognizing their role and assistance in the construction of the PSAO. The event was also attended by officials, auditors and personnel from the COA Central and Regional Offices and officials and personnel from the City Government of Calamba and DPWH Region IV-A.