The Commission on Audit marked its 103rd founding anniversary
on May 2-8, 2002 with colorful festivities and meaningful commemorative
activities that featured the giving of awards honoring this year’s loyal and
Chairman Guillermo N. Carague and Commissioners Raul C.
Flores and Emmanuel M. Dalman led the celebrations which revolved around the
theme — "Ang COA Mula Ngayon ... Matatag na Tumatahak Tungo sa Higit Pang
In separate anniversary messages, the three top COA officials
urged the members of the COA Family to remain united behind efforts at attaining
COA’s goal of rendering excellent audit service and in tackling the new
challenges that COA faces as a key participant in nation building and in making
the dreams and aspirations of the Filipino for a better life a reality.
The anniversary celebration began with a Thanksgiving Mass
officiated by Rev. Fr. Gerry Tapiador of the St. Peter’s Parish and with the
Born Again Christian Worship Service and the Iglesia ni Cristo Fellowship in the
early morning of May 2, 2002.
The weeklong commemorative activities also highlighted the
inauguration by Chairman Carague and Commissioners Flores and Dalman of the COA
GMD and Motorpool Building, the COA Main Building Roof Deck Rehabilitation and
Water Proofing Project, and the Bicycle Lane.
The early activities also included the opening of exhibits
and the Livelihood and Waste Re-cycling Demonstration, an Open House called
"Tahanan sa COA "Adopt a Room Program" and a raffle draw.
Also part of the celebration was the visit of Chairman
Carague, the two Commissioners and other COA officials to the PhilGASEA Day Care
Beautification Project, the Waste Management Center, and the COA Herbal Garden.
The traditional COA Week Sportsfest was among the more
colorful events during the festivities which started with a parade of athletes
complete with their teams’ beautiful muses, and the cute little boys and girls
of the COA-PhilGASEA Day Care Center.
Formally opened by no less than Chairman Carague, the
sportsfest consisted of nine events — basketball, volleyball, badminton,
billiards, chess, dart, golf, lawn tennis and table tennis which were all for
men and women. Atty. Torzar led the athletes in reciting the oath of
May 6 saw the Medical and Dental Mission conducted by the
Lingap ng COA Family Foundation, Inc. at the COA Sports and Cultural Center, and
the GAD Forum on the Protection of Women at the SAADO Auditorium.
COA Salutes the Best as the loyalty and outstanding
achievements awards ceremonies is called, was held on May 8, the COA founding
day, with Chairman Carague and Commissioners Flores and Dalman presiding.
A total of 34 COA auditors and other personnel, along with a
an audit team and a COA retiree, received from the Commission Proper the
traditional awards for loyalty and outstanding achievements.
Then HRMO Director Erlinda Reyes, chairperson of the
Committee on Awards, and HRMO's Ms. Linda Lagumbay assisted Chairman Carague and
Commissioners Flores and Dalman in distributing the awards.
Five auditors who received the "Outstanding Men and
Women of COA" award headed the list of this year’s awardees. They are
Cristina D. Dimagiba, SA V, CAO I; Agaton S. Dacayanan, SA V, CAR; Pelilia C.
Veloso, SA V, COA Region I; Nadelline C. Orallo, SA IV, CAR; and Virgilio S.
Allas, SA II, Region II.
The award was given in recognition of their outstanding and
exemplary performance of official duties that helped strengthen and enhance the
prestige and reputation of COA as an effective enforcer of accountability in
Atty. Agustin T. Chan Jr., former Provincial Auditor of
Ilocos Sur, and Auditor Anita S. Gallito, former head of the COA Unit at DECS
Division Office in Tandag, Surigao del Sur who were both killed while performing
their official duties by still unidentified assassins in October 2001, were each
honored with a posthumous recognition award for their "loyalty, dedication
and courage in line of duty."
Given the Loyalty Award for having served the Commission on
Audit for a period of at least 40 years were: Rogelio Acot, COA Region IV;
Iluminada O. Cubacha, LGAO; Dolores C. De Vera, Region IX; Benjamin D. Dugan,
Carlos A. Evora Jr., Region IV; Manuel P. Flogio, Region VI;
Trodoro I. Gamutan, NGAO I; Carmen R. Ibasan, CAO I; Purita P. Lagos, Region IV;
Guillermo L. Liza, NGAO II; Lucrecia Q. Magbual, Region I.