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.
President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Michael G. Aguinaldo as Chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA) vice Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan. Atty. Aguinaldo will serve as COA Chairperson until February 2, 2022.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued a statement announcing the appointment on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Atty. Aguinaldo’s appointment was signed by President Aquino on March 24, 2015.
As Deputy Executive Secretary, Atty. Aguinaldo handles legal affairs of the Office of the President including the formulation of operational policies, standards and processes for efficient and effective provision of legal and legislative assistance and services to the organizational units of the Office of the President and the different departments and government agencies.
Prior to joining the Aquino Administration, Atty. Aguinaldo was a partner and executive committee member at the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm for 17 years.
Atty. Aguinaldo obtained his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He placed 7th in the Bar Examinations. He obtained his Master of Laws from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1997.
COA Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge Heidi L. Mendoza (center) with (from left) Finance Officer Mr. Tomas A. Valerio of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations, COA Director Michael L. Racelis, Director Visitacion Q. Mendoza, Ms. Jennifer Andrea S. Imperial of the Office of Commissioner Mendoza, Director Lito Q. Martin and Labor Attache Ma. Celeste M. Valderrama shortly after Commissioner Mendoza’s presentation of COA’s bid as ILO External Auditor on March 14, 2015.
Geneva, Switzerland- The International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, appointed the Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) as its External Auditor for a period of four years beginning on April 1, 2016.
The ILO’s Governing Body made the appointment following the unanimous recommendation of the Selection Panel during the ILO’s on-going 323rd Session being held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 12-27, 2015. The Philippines was selected over other shortlisted candidates, France and the United Kingdom.
The Selection Panel, a tripartite body composed of Ghana, China, the United States of America and Greece representing Governments, South Africa and Japan representing the Employers group, and Belgium and Denmark representing the Workers group, considered the high level of professionalism and technical qualities as well as non-technical aspects such as diversity in audit base and approach to client relations.
“This appointment is an affirmation not only of COA’s audit expertise but also its integrity and independence. We assure the ILO of our promise to deliver quality external audit to the highest professional standards and to work together with the ILO in its pursuit of its mandate,” said COA Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge Heidi L. Mendoza.
Consul Arnel Talisayon, representing the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, for his part, appreciated “the objective, holistic, and systematic procedure of evaluating the proposal of each of the candidates which reflects on the high level integrity and professionalism of the ILO.”