Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and officialsof the Commission welcome delegates from the Supreme Audit Institution ofVietnam and World Bank Hanoi on a study visit to the Philippines on 3 March2017. The participants discussed issueson environment audit.
COA officials conduct teleconferencing on Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) Performance Management Framework (PMF) with representatives of the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) on 9 March 2017.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was the keynote speaker and inducting officer at the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Philippines General Assembly on 15 February 2017. Chairperson Aguinaldo talked about the role of internal auditors in strengthening integrity and governance.
The Commission on Audit showcased the gains of the Citizen Participatory Audit of Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at a public presentation held at the Professional Development Center Auditorium on 7 February 2017.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito leads COA officials in welcoming representatives of the Audit Board of Indonesia on a study visit to the country to discuss the audit of health insurance systems on 2 February 2017.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Jose A. Fabia join the participants of the training on security administration held at the Professional Development Center on 27 January 2017.
The Commission on Audit (COA) celebrated its 118th year focusing on its role as an enabling partner for better government service. COA held activities highlighted by a recognition ceremony honoring the best audit performance as well as sports and other competitions from May 2-8, 2017 to mark its 118th anniversary.
“As auditors, we are not only ‘watchdogs’ guarding public resources but also ‘guardians,’ empowering and enabling government agencies to perform their mandates more efficiently and effectively,” said COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
“We acknowledge that to give better public service, we need to partner with our various stakeholders for the conduct of our various programs and projects,” Chairperson Aguinaldo added.
Commissioner Jose A. Fabia encouraged auditors to become better guides and to engage more with auditees for them to achieve growth. “Let us help our auditees discover their potentials and let us all grow together. Let us also continue our good standing among Supreme Audit Institutions and let us trail blaze to greater heights in international audit and accounting,” Commissioner Fabia said.
Commissioner Isabel D. Agito noted that COA has steadfastly adhered to its mandate for more than a century. “As the government’s enabling partner, our thrust is to ensure accountability for public resources, promote transparency, and help improve government operations with the end in view of ensuring a better life for all Filipinos,” Commissioner Agito said.
Meanwhile, the Commission honored audit teams and COA employees who have performed their duties with utmost excellence, courage and beyond expectations at the “COA Salutes the Best” program held at the COA Sports and Cultural Complex on 8 May 2017. It was a full harvest this year as the Commission found exemplary recipients in all categories. The Gawad Kahusayan was awarded to Audit Group M- Quezon City of the Local Government Sector and the National Government Sector 5A & 6A Audit Team No. R11-15 of the COA Regional Office No. XI. The Unliquidated cash advances of then Municipal Mayor of Alfonso Lista, Ifugao in CY 1994; Unliquidated Cash Advances from January 1998 to June 30, 2010 of then Municipal Treasurer of Tanudan, Kalinga; and the Audit on the cash and accounts of the Municipality of Amulung, Cagayan were deemed Outstanding Audit Reports.
In the individual categories, the Gawad Karangalan was conferred to Pedro C. Pascual, Administrative Aide III at the COA Regional Office No. II (for Level I), Humphry G. Torres, Information Technology Officer III at COA Regional Office No. XI and Christina E. Delos Santos, State Auditor IV at COA Regional Office No. XIII (for Level II), and Araceli P. Geli, State Auditor V at COA Regional Office No. XI (for Level III). State Auditor Romel C. Espiña of COA Regional Office No. XIII received the Gawad Kagitingan award while State Auditor Mary D. Bacwaden was awarded the Gawad Bilang Katangi-tanging Pinuno.
Former State Auditor Evelyn Louise E. Rivera of COA Regional Office No. VII was recognized as the Most Productive Retiree. Nine officials and employees from the Central Office and 23 from the Regional Offices were presented with the Loyalty award.
Revelries include sports, folk dance and choral competitions, a book fair and booths for government services.
The Commission traces its roots to the Office of the Insular Auditor of the Philippine Islands created through an unnumbered memorandum signed by then US President William McKinley on 8 May 1899. The institution has since evolved into a three-person collegial body with greater independence and scope as the Supreme Audit Institution of the Philippines under the 1987 Constitution.
The Commission is presently enacting reforms that will steer the institution into an organization that creates positive impact in government and society; empowers and enables government agencies to perform their mandates better; produces high quality, fair and timely audits; and increases stakeholder ownership and understanding. In order to accomplish these goals, the Commission will likewise strengthen its various capacities and capabilities and enhance its support infrastructure.
Congratulations COAns and happy 118th anniversary!
Commission on Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, Chairperson of COA’s Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System Technical Working Group, and Director Fortunata M. Rubico, Chairperson of COA GAD Secretariat, joined the Philippine delegation to the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) from 13 to 17 March 2017.
The 61st Session of the UNCSW held at the UN headquarters in New York on 13 to 24 March 2017 centered on “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” as its priority theme. The conference also discussed challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls as well as the emerging issue of empowerment of indigenous women.
The UNCSW is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. Its annual sessions include ministerial segments with round tables and other high-level interactive dialogues, general discussions, and interactive and expert panel discussions. Stakeholders organize side events to draw attention to critical aspects of the work on gender equality.
One hundred sixty two Member States, including the Philippines, and over 3,900 representatives from 580 civil society organizations participated in the two-week conference.
Representatives from government agencies such as National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Departments of Agrarian Reform, Trade and Industry, Labor and Employment, Budget and Management, Foreign Affairs and Science and Technology as well as non-government organizations (NGOs) such as Industrial Federation for Business and Professionals, P4MP Toboso, ARMM-RLA, NCRO and Coca-Cola from the business sector complete the Philippine delegation headed by Chairperson Rhodora M. Bucoy of the Philippine Commission on Women.
Assistant Commissioner Castillo and Director Rubico attended the Opening Session Ministerial Round Table B on "Technology Changing the World of Work", General Discussions, and Interactive Dialogue on "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the MDGs for Women and Girls".
The COA representatives also supported side events sponsored by the Philippines: The Road to Indigenous People Empowerment on 16 March and Women in Emergencies: Promoting and Protecting their Rights on 17 March. The Philippines also sponsored #Here4Her: Making Reintegration Work for Filipino Women Migrant Workers on 20 March.