115th Year of State Audit
COA Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido Tan, DBM Secretary Florencio Abad and GCG Chairman Cesar Villanueva sign the Joint Circular on Guidelines on the Entitlement, Release, Use, Reporting and Audit of the Confidential and/or Intelligence Fund.
President Benigno S. Aquino III with COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza with other heads of agencies and government officials at the 2nd State Conference on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation and Review at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on December 02, 2014. The conference’s theme, “Strengthening Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration and Coalition in Pushing Urgent Measures on Corruption Prevention and Criminalization, Asset Recovery, and International Cooperation Toward Improving Integrity in Governance.” (Photo credit: Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo Bureau).
Chairperson Grace Pulido Tan with Congresswoman Leni Robredo and Deputy Ombudsman Gerard Mosquera joins the discussion on accountability and good governance at the National Conference on “Strengthening Accountability to Sustain Reforms” organized by the Ateneo School of Government – Political Democracy and Reforms (ASoG-PODER) last November 19, 2014 at the Astoria Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City.
COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan addresses COAns at her last flag ceremony as leader of the Commission on February 2, 2015.
February 2, 2015, QUEZON CITY, Philippines- Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan ends her term at the helm of the audit body making good on her promise for reforms in the Commission’s organizational structure, policies, systems and procedures that paved the way for a more efficient, effective and independent audit service.
Speaking to COAns at her last flag ceremony as their leader, Chairperson Pulido Tan said “We saw that if we work as a team, give the tasks our time and attention they require, and transcend our personal interests for the common and larger goals, we can overcome the impediments to efficiency, effectiveness and excellence.”
“I was only your Chairperson from 18 April 2011 to today, 2 February 2015. I was merely your caretaker and leader for that period. Kayo ang tunay na Commission on Audit, you who have made COA your life career and calling, and have sworn to serve with utmost dedication and faithfulness. Let it therefore be also your pride and fulfillment. As such, make it so, its future is in your hands and minds and hearts,” Chairperson Pulido Tan emphasized.
Among the projects Chairperson Pulido Tan will be remembered for is the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project launched in 2012 which enabled citizen engagement with the Commission’s work. Within a year of its launch, the CPA won the “Bright Spot” award at the Open Government Summit held in London and has sparked the interest of the United Nations and other Supreme Audit Institutions as the only citizen audit of its kind.
Quezon City, Philippines- After three years and nine months, Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan is set to retire from her post as the Commission’s Chairperson on February 2.
Chairperson Pulido Tan told reporters who attended the launch of the second phase of the Citizen Participatory Audit project on January 22, 2015 that she would use her break from government service to relax.
“No plans, I just want to relax, do all the things I missed doing while I was in the Commission, maglilinis ako ng bahay, mag-aalaga ako ng apo at magga-garden uli,” the Chairperson said.
When asked if she received any offers for a different government post, the Chairperson was mum, saying she is not inclined to take another government position at this time but she hinted that she was not closing her doors either.
“I’m not inclined to take a position at this time. It’s like when I came to COA, wala naman talaga akong balak, wala akong ambisyon. But things happen. I prayed about it and I came to the conclusion that this is probably what God wants me to do. I will be obedient. I leave it all up to God,” she said.
Chairperson Pulido Tan said working with COAns was the biggest fulfilment of her career in COA.
“It is my greatest fulfilment to lead this 9,000-strong organization. It was ground-breaking work. I did my best with the time I was given and it was enough. No regrets,” Chairperson Pulido Tan said.