The Commission on Audit has four new lawyers-- Noel O.
Palomado and Jerry Maraņon of COA Regional Office No. VI in Iloilo City,
Alfredo Bayan of the Corporate Audit Office I, and Lito Q. Martin of COA CAR.
The four were among the 660 of the 3,978 bar candidates who
passed what has been described as the toughest bar examination ever.
The 660 successful candidates, who took their Lawyer's Oath
on May 3, 2000, represent only 16.50 percent of the total number of examinees,
one of the lowest in the history of the Philippines Bar.
Palomado and Maraņon, both holding State Auditor II
position, are now both lawyers and Certified Public Accountants with Jerry
passing the Board Exams for CPAs in 1987, Noel in 1986.
Noel Palomado, 34, finished his law at the
University of Iloilo School of Law, while Jerry, 33, was a product of the
University of the San Agustin School of Law in Iloilo City.
Noel entered the Commission on Audit through the Corporate
Audit Office in COA Central Office in December 1990 and continued to work there
up to May 1993. From there he was transferred to COA Region VI and assigned to
various auditing units starting with the Philippine Army. He has also been
designated Team Leader of newly-nationalized high schools in the Province of
Iloilo and is presently the Auditor -in-charge of the National
Telecommunications Commission Regional Office at the same time concurrent member
of the staff of the Telecommunications Office (TELOF) Regional Office and a Team
Member undertaking a Special Audit of the Department of Agriculture Regional
Atty. Noel Palomado is a true blue COAn. His father, Rolando
T. Palomado, is a State Auditor V and is the City Auditor of the newly-created
City of Passi, Iloilo, while Noel's wife, the former Grace G. Fernandez, is also
a State Auditor II. It was in fact his father who encouraged him to join COA and
who personally taught how him to be a skilled auditor.
According to Noel, aside from his wife and father who
provided him the impetus and the emotional support to reach his goal, he owes a
deep gratitude to the Commission, not only because he was a recipient of the COA
Time Scholarship Program, but more principally because his employment with COA
has provided him with the only source of income that supported him and family
and saw him through his law degree - without which he would not have achieved
his dream of becoming a lawyer.
Jerry Maraņon started as State Auditing
Examiner I in 1996 with the ASD-Corporate, COA Regional Office VI. Aside from
being a staff of the Division, Jerry's major assignments include being a Team
Member in the audit of various water districts in Iloilo Province. He rose to
become Team Leader in 1997 which concurrent designation he continues to hold. At
the same time, he is also a Team Member of the Fact-finding investigation of the
Iloilo School of Fisheries in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
For Jerry, it was discipline and sacrifice that propelled him
to attain his goal. According to him, it was not a walk in the park to try
balancing your time for study, for work and for spending quality times with his
wife and children. He was glad that his office superiors showed understanding to
his situation and to his family who was always there to give him love and
support in his desire to become a lawyer.
Jerry is married to the former Darlene Joy Jaen, a Registered
Nurse and is studying to be a Pharmacist, with whom he is blessed with two
children. Jerry's parents are Dr. Virgilio Maraņon (deceased) and Dr. Nelda F.
Alfred F. Bayan, now also a CPA-Lawyer,
obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree last year from the Far Eastern University
where earlier he finished his Bachelor of Science in Commerce --
Accounting -- in
1993. He took and passed the CPA and Bar Examinations immediately after
finishing both courses.
Son of Tomas D. Bayan and Efigenia M. Fernandez, Atty. Bayan,
28 and still single, was born in Gen. Santos City.
He started working in 1994 as a member of the Audit staff of
the RGR CPAs. The following year, he worked as an accountant of the Fern Realty
and taught accounting at the FEU from 1996-1997.
Atty. Bayan entered COA only last year as State Auditor I at
the Corporate Audit Office I assigned at the Government Service Insurance
System. He is now eyeing a higher position and greater responsibilities
befitting a CPA-Lawyer.
The soft-spoken new lawyer loves sports and the arts. He was
a member of the COA Central Office Centennial Dance group and the Centennial
Lito Q. Martin passed the Bar Examinations given by
the Supreme Court last September 1999, one of the most difficult in history with
only 16.59 percent passing. A CPA, Atty. Martin is State Auditor IV, COA
Cordillera Administrative Region, La Trinidad, Benguet, and the Resident Auditor
of the Department of Labor and Employment, CAR Regional Office and its attached
agencies, OWWA, NCMB, POEA and RTWPB in Baguio City.
Atty. Martin holds a Bachelor's of Science in Commerce
(Accounting) degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Pangasinan; and a Master
of Business Administration and Bachelor Degrees from the Saint Louis University.
He had been a UN Auditor, having been assigned to audit UN
agencies, including the Office of the Human Resource Management and the Office
of the Procurement Services of the UN headquarters in New York, U.S.A. from