Another outstanding COA auditor won this year’s prestigious "Dangal ng Bayan"
award, joining the elite circle of exemplary public servants so honored by the
Civil Service Commission (CSC).
State Auditor Adela B. Cortez of the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office, Local
Government Audit Sector, Cluster II was conferred the award by President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo in simple rites held at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace
on September 19, 2008.
Ms. Cortez was recognized for her fearless and undaunted discovery of
irregularities in the expenditure of resources by some accountable offices in
the local governments of Villaverde and Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.
The committee cited her for "abiding by her duty despite the known risks when
she reported unliquidated cash advances of almost six million pesos, alleged
robbery of funds amounting to P650,000, and other cases of unauthorized use of
funds, thus preventing considerable waste of taxpayer’s money."
This is the second year in a row where a COAn has won the award following
Engineer Owen Kim Monter’s triumph in the same category last year, a testament
to the dedicated and talented human resource pool of the Commission.
Auditor Cortez has been with the Commission on Audit for 30 years. She
entered the service as an auditing aide in 1978 and has steadily sharpened her
auditing skills with experience and continuous training. Among her audit
assignments were at the Veterans Regional Hospital in Bayombong and the Nueva
Vizcaya Provincial Audit Office.
She is a product of the Manuel L. Quezon University where she obtained her
bachelor’s degrees in Political Science in 1971 and of Laws in 1976. She also
took Accounting studies first at the St. Mary’s College, Bayombong and later at
the Aldersgate College.
Ms. Cortez joined six other Dangal ng Bayan awardees with one posthumously
awarded. The Dangal ng Bayan Award is given to an individual for performance of
extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary
The CSC also conferred the Lingkod Bayan and Pag-asa awards to ten deserving
civil servants. The honorees received a gilded medallion, a plaque with
citation, cash bonus and an automatic promotion to the next higher position or
equivalent salary increase.