A 1979 oil painting depicting the vast history of the Commission by Master Painter Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo before answering questions posed by members of the Commission on Appointments during the Committee Hearing on June 9, 2015.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia, Philippines-Australia Public Financial Management Program Team Leader and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Counsellor Daniel Featherston and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Executive Director Redempto Parafina lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Citizen Participatory Audit photo exhibit.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia join Team Mindanao at the opening of COA Week.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo performs the ceremonial toss at the start of the basketball competitions.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia at the COA Salutes the Best program honoring the most outstanding audit performance and exemplary COA employees.
Atty. Haide T. Espuelas lead athletes in taking the oath of sportsmanship during the program that opened COA Week.
Assistant Commissioners Carmela S. Perez of the Planning, Finance and Management Sector and Divinia M. Alagon of the Local Government Sector with Systems and Technical Services Sector Officer-in-Charge Manolo C. Sy (center) lead the yellow team in the theatrical presentation during the COA Week opening ceremony
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia attend the closing ceremony of the 5th Inter-Region Sportsfest held on April 24, 2015 at Clarkfield, Pampanga.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia at the closing ceremony of the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) training last April 25, 2015. With them are Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano, PMO Director Gloria D. Jose, ACFE Philippines President Dante Fuentes and CFE facilitator Kathleen Moskito
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with COA Regional Office No. XIII officials and employees during his first visit to the regional office on July 8, 2015.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo visited COA Regional Office No. XIII, Butuan City on July 8, 2015 to grace two significant events: the signing of the deed of donation for the 2,000 square meter lot donated by Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas and family for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Surigao del Norte and the inauguration of the newly constructed PSAO building in Agusan del Sur.
COA CARAGA is the first regional office visited by the Honorable Chairperson after he got the nod from the Commission on Appointments. In her welcome remarks, OIC Regional Director Vivien G. Jumao-as said that “COA is blessed” for having received the “grace” in the person of former COA Chairperson Ma. Gracia M. Pulido Tan and now has the “gift” referring to present COA Chairperson Aguinaldo.
Chairperson Aguinaldo’s visit to COA-CARAGA was indeed a “gift” considering that it is a rare opportunity to be visited by the highest official of the Commission. COA CARAGA personnel returned the compliment by giving the Chairperson such a warm welcome. “Thank you for your support and prayers in my recent confirmation,” Chairperson Aguinaldo heartily said.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas formally signed the deed of donation which was witnessed by COA regional officials and employees. The lot is located in Barangay Trinidad (formerly Luna), Surigao City. Afterwards, Chairperson Aguinaldo with COA RO XIII officials and some employees proceeded to the Government Center in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur to inaugurate and witness the blessing of the newly constructed PSAO.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales dismissed criminal charges against the 12 Commission on Audit (COA) auditors in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) releases through the National Agri-Business Corporation (NABCOR) and Technology Resource Center (TRC) that went to questionable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) between 2007 to 2009.
In a 62-page Resolution signed last June 22, 2015, Ombudsman Morales dismissed the complaints and all criminal charges against State Auditors Jerry A. Calayan, and Sylvia P. Montes (retired) who were assigned at the TRC, as well as State Auditors Annie L. Recabo, Rebecca B. Aquino, Diana E. Casado, Bella G. Tesorero, Susan D. Guardian, Elizabeth M. Savella, Merle M. Valentin, Aida S. Villania, Laarni Lyn E. Torres, and Herminia SD. Aquino (retired) who were assigned at NABCOR.
The Ombudsman found no sufficient evidence to hold respondents either administratively or criminally liable. “There is no probable cause to prosecute the COA officials. The evidence do not suggest that respondent-auditors conspired with their co-respondents in the misuse of former Representative of 2nd District, South Cotabato Arthur Y. Pingoy’s PDAF,” the Ombudsman said.
“On Calayan’s part, there was no showing that he was negligent in the conduct of his audit. In his 2007 audit findings, he revealed that PSDFI [Philippine Social Development Foundation Inc.] was one of the 28 NGOs which did not submit its corporate papers. He likewise indicated that two releases of Pingoy’s PDAF in 2007 for P10M and P5M remain unliquidated,” the Ombudsman said.
As for Montes, “she was able to satisfactorily show that she did not participate in the audit of TRC’s transactions. A perusal of her list of tasks to different government agencies from 2007 up to the time of her retirement does not indicate that she was assigned as Supervising Auditor of TRC at any given time.”
The Ombudsman ruled that COA auditors assigned at NABCOR did not appear to have conspired with their co-respondents in the misappropriation or misuse of Pingoy’s PDAF nor found to have been negligent in the performance of their duties.
“Said auditors were able to refute complainants’ allegation of negligence as the records show that the audit of NABCOR’s operation for 2008 was conducted only on September to December 2009. As for the 2009 transactions of NABCOR, their audit started only in October 2010. It was further shown at that time in the course of their audit, 20 audit observation, and 13 Audit Observation Memos (AOMs) were issued by them for 2007, 54 AOMs for 2008, and 13 AOMs for 2009, all of which have been included in the Annual Audit Report,” the Ombudsman said.