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115th Year of State Audit
Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan (far right) with (from left) Mr. Basile Gilbert, PFMP Representative, Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza and Mr. Daniel Federston, DFAT-Australian Embassy Representative shortly after the turn-over ceremony of the Citizen Participatory Audit on May 5, 2014. The jeepney, being a common means of transportation used by Filipinos from all walks of life to head towards a certain destination, was used to convey what the CPA is all about: bringing together people from different fields of expertise to work together towards good governance.
The team from Region IV performs during the theatrical presentation at the opening ceremony of the 115th COA Anniversary celebration held at the COA Cultural & Sports Complex on May 5, 2014.
Mr. Rey Permejo presides over the ceremonial lighting of the torch during the opening ceremony.
COAns get ready for the fun run around the COA compound in the morning of May 6, 2014.
Marikina City- From a materials recovery facility (MRF) in a barangay to an urban garden tended by high school students, delegates at the 16th Assembly Meet of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)-Working Group on Environmental Audit (WGEA) were shown around Marikina City’s environment showcases.
Around 100 audit officials from 45 countries took a closer look at how pigswill is converted to organic fertilizer at a MRF in Barangay Concepcion as part of the city’s zero waste management program; visited the city’s composting facility, plastic styro densifier and the engineering center which houses the central warehouse and steel fabrication; and toured Parang High School which was awarded as an environment-friendly school by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Marikina is situated in valley and is a catch basin for other neighboring cities. The challenge is to cope with the demands of progress and the environment. We have focused on programs to conserve the environment not only in Marikina but also in other cities. One thing is for certain, we have to take care of our environment,” said Marikina City Administrator Melvin Cruz. Cruz welcomed the delegates in behalf of City Mayor Del de Guzman.
Gloria Buenaventura, head of the City Environmental Management Office, discussed the city’s environmental best practices. Known as a model city in terms of cleanliness, Marikina passed several ordinances to conserve the environment including prohibition on the improper disposal of garbage, "Anti-Littering Code of Marikina" which imposes Php500 fine on violators, and requiring all residential and commercial establishments to clean their surroundings and segregation at source of all garbage into wet or biodegradable and dry or non-biodegradable, among others.
The Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) will host around 100 audit officials from 45 countries at the 16th assembly meeting of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on Environmental Audit (WGEA) from September 29 to October 2, 2014.
“Our recent audits on the Philippines’ disaster management system and in particular the Special Report on Typhoon Yolanda emphasizes the importance of exposing the areas that need improvement in the country’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities and in improving transparency and accountability in the use of disaster funds and resources. Disaster risk reduction, however, is only one concern among many on environment protection and sustainable development that will surely be discussed in the meet,” said COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza.
“It is important for us to exchange knowledge, to learn from each other’s experiences and to join in cooperative audit engagements because environment issues go beyond national borders,” added Commissioner Mendoza.
Senator Loren B. Legarda, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. Paje and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla will join experts from the European Environment Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia, and INTOSAI Development Initiative, among other keynote speakers.
WGEA aims to improve the use of audit mandate and audit instruments in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. It is the largest working group of the INTOSAI, with 77-member countries.
Indonesia is the current chair of the WGEA with the Philippine COA as member of the steering committee along with Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Czech Republic, European Court of Auditors, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Lesotho, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, and the United States