A 1979 oil painting depicting the vast history of the Commission by Master Painter Carlos P. Valino, Jr.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and Commissioner Mendoza inspect facilities at the PNRI.- photo courtesy of the PNRI.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza with Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario G. Montejo, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Alumanda M. Dela Rosa, officials of the COA’s International Audit and Relations Office, other DOST/PNRI officials and COA DOST-PNRI audit team after the presentation and Q&A on PNRI and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) projects in the Philippines. The COA team visited the PNRI in preparation for its candidature as External Auditor of IAEA for 2016-17. – photo courtesy of the PNRI.
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 addresses COA officials during the second day of the Strategic Performance Management System workshop.
The Commission on Audit (COA) held a briefing and workshop on the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), a new performance review system that seeks to link individual performance with organizational goals.
Around 190 COA officials and personnel participated in the workshop held in the SAADO Auditorium from September 9 to 11, 2015.
The COA SPMS is developed to comply with the civil service requirement directing all agencies to establish a new Performance Evaluation and Appraisal System that reflects how employee performance has contributed or hindered organizational effectiveness.
Aside from increasing awareness on the SPMS, the workshop also aimed to foster discussions on the steps and procedures to be undertaken during the various stages of SPMS cycle and prepare focal persons in cascading the SPMS in their respective regions/offices.
Chairman Michael G. Aguinaldo pushed for a system that will encourage each individual employee to meet his or her own targets instead of promoting unhealthy competition against fellow office workers.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo shakes hands with Northern Samar Governor Jose L. Ong after the signing of a deed of donation for a parcel of land in Barangay Dalakit, Catarman which is the proposed site for a Provincial Satellite Audit Office..
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo lauded personnel of COA Regional Office No. VIII for having one hundred percent accomplishment rate in Annual Audit Reports for 2014 despite constraints in physical and other support facilities resulting from destruction by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The original regional office had six buildings but after Typhoon Yolanda struck the province, only two remained and only one has been refurbished. COA auditors there hold office in what used to be their canteen.
“Despite all the challenges, despite the fact that you have to work in a single building, despite the fact that some of you are working without computers or laptops because they were part of those that were damaged, you were still able to come out with your reports on time,” Chairperson Aguinaldo said.
“If people in that area who have suffered a lot were still able to do their jobs, then it tells that there is no reason for others not to be able to do their jobs as well,” he added.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza, and Jose A. Fabia recently visited COA Regional Office VIII, Candahug, Palo, Leyte to hold a Commission Proper (CP) meeting and dialogue with regional personnel.
Speaking for the first time to office personnel in Leyte, Chairperson Aguinaldo affectionately addressed everyone as “kapamilya” and “kapuso” and updated them on the strategic plan for the next seven years. Chairperson Aguinaldo said he expects auditors not only to recommend measures on the efficient use of public funds but also to educate agency personnel on the correct use of public funds.
Commissioner Mendoza encouraged auditors to look forward to the good things happening in COA instead of focusing on the negative aspect like lack of manpower. She advised auditors “na ingatan at iwasto ang paggamit ng kapangyarihan.” She likewise spoke about the sincerity of the new Chairman and went further by saying, “mabait si Chairman, dapat mas mabait kayo.”