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COA Showcases Auditing GAD funds at UN Commission on the Status of Women Side Event

COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo (4th from right) with members of the Philippine Delegation to the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Also in picture is COA Director Fortunata M. Rubico (third from left).

 

The Commission on Audit (COA) showcased its pioneering work in the audit of Gender and Development (GAD) funds at the side event entitled “Show Me the Money: How Governments Allocate and Audit Funds to Achieve Gender Equality as a 2030 Sustainable Development Goal” during the 60th Session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held at the UN Headquarters in New York City on March 16, 2016.

The COA, together with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as the lead agency and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), gave a holistic presentation on what the Philippine Government is doing to allocate funds for programs and projects geared towards greater women empowerment from planning and budgeting (DBM) to implementation and monitoring (DSWD for sample program) and audit and reporting (COA). The side event was sponsored by the Philippine Delegation to the 60th Session of the UNCSW.

COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo talked about COA’s accomplishments in the audit of GAD allocated funds and the plan for a results-focused audit approach as the Commission’s commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Gender Equality under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo gives a presentation entitled “Show Me The Outcomes: Ensuring Accountability on Gender Program Allocations Through Results-Focused Audit Approach” at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

 

“We are humbled by the thought that we are one of the INTOSAI/ASOSAI member countries that has done pioneering work in the audit of gender-allotted funds. Committed to our mission, we will continue to oversee the strict implementation by all government agencies of the gender responsive policies, programs, projects and activities in the country,” Assistant Commissioner Castillo said.

“As the Philippine Government commits to the 2030 Agenda, COA would willingly join the convergence of the various implementing agencies. It has, in fact, started developing its own framework towards results-focused audit approach of GAD-related programs and activities through appropriate utilization of GAD-allotted funds. It will continue to be a leading pillar of transparent and accountable governance and a vibrant partner in nation-building,” she added.

The other presenters at the side event were DBM Undersecretary Dara C. Acusar, DSWD Undersecretary Mateo G. Montaño, and Indonesian Deputy Minister for Women Dr. Heru P. Kasidi. The moderator was National Anti-Poverty Commission Undersecretary Florencia C. Dorotan. COA Director Fortunata M. Rubico assisted Assistant Commissioner Castillo during the event.

The conference room of over 100 seats was full of delegates from other countries, international organizations and civil society organizations who commented that the Philippines is ahead in terms of financing gender equality.

The 60th Session of the UN CSW was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from March 14 to 24, 2016 with the priority theme on women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development. #


 

 

 COMMISSION ON AUDIT
Gender and Development
2016 National Women's Month Celebration
February 29 - March 30, 2016



 
PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES
February 29, 2016, Monday, 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies
Flag Raising Ceremony to be led by the COA-GAD Focal Point System Members and Committees
(Venue: In front of the COA Main Building, Flagpole)
Opening Prayer - Director Melanie R. Añonuevo
Philippine National Anthem - Director Luzvi Pangan Chatto
Panunumpa sa Watawat &
Panunumpa ng mga Kawani ng Gobyerno
- Director Lorna D. Cabochan
   
Opening Remarks - Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo
Chairperson, COA-GAD TWG
Opening of the Exhibit on "Women Power"
(Venue: Lobby, COA MAIN Building)
Message - Commissioner ISABEL D. AGITO
Message - Commissioner JOSE A. FABIA
Message - Chairperson MICHAEL G. AGUINALDO
Ribbon Cutting of the COA-GAD Exhibit - To be led by the COA-GAD Focal Point and the Commission Proper
March 3, 2016, Thursday, 9:00 AM- 12:00 Noon
Seminar on Revised COA-GAD Framework - Director Fortunata M. Rubico
Discussion on 2017 COA GAD Plan and Budget
(Venue: PDC Auditorium)
- Director Gertrudes P. Donato
March 4, 2016, Friday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Livelihood Seminar sponsored by TESDA Quezon City District Office
Bread and Pastry Production
(Venue: Old SAADO Auditorium)
March 16, 2016, Wednesday, 6:00 AM

Sama-samang Pagsulong sa mga Agenda ni Juana
(Venue: Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila)
Meeting Place of COA Delegation at 5:00 AM
Central Office Personnel - in front of COA Flagpole
Region IV-A and IV-B Personnel - in front of Region IV Flagpole
March 30, 2016, Wednesday, 11:00 AM

"Lunch for a Cause"
Cost per Ticket - P500.00
(Venue: COA Sports and Cultural Center)
Closing Ceremonies

 

 

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