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COA leads international meet on public debt audit
Published: 14 June 2024

The Commission on Audit (COA), the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the Philippines, led the Annual Meeting of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Working Group on Public Debt (WGPD) held on 5 to 7 June 2024 in Baku, Azerbaijan. COA Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba chaired the 3-day event of the INTOSAI WGPD.

The WGPD’s mandate stems from one of the three Goal Committees of the INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services. It is tasked to prepare and publish guidelines and other materials for use by SAIs to encourage the proper reporting and sound management of public debt; identify key issues for the development of responsibilities and procedures for auditing and evaluating public debt commitments; and exchange knowledge with other institutions dealing with public debt issues, among others.

The 2024 Azerbaijan Meet focuses on the theme “Responding to the Global Challenges of Public Debt.” Delegates from 28 member-SAIs discussed issues such as the capacity gap among auditors in the Audit of Public Debt and Public Debt Management and SAI’s challenges in the audit of debt sustainability. Expert resource persons from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Budget Partnership shared their experiences and expertise in the domain of public debt.

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COA enters into a Memorandum of Agreement for skills training; conducts housekeeping training
Published: 13 June 2024

The Commission on Audit (COA) recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office No. IV-A for the skills training of administrative personnel of the Commission.

(left to right): COA Director Mary Joyce G. Eruma, Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico, TESDA RO IV-A Regional Director Baron Jose L. Lagran, and TESDA Cavite Provincial Director Rosalinda B. Talavera sign the MOA between the COA and the TESDA RO IV-A on 15 April 2024 at the COA International Training Center and Dormitory in Tagaytay City.

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COA participates in CEDAW Training Workshop in Singapore
Published: 18 April 2024

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Singapore conducted a Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Training Workshop on 6 to 7 February 2024 at the Orchard Hotel Singapore. The training workshop was part of the preparation of MSF Singapore to the CEDAW Constructive Dialogue or Revalida scheduled in May 2024. Dr. Tamadeer Al-Rammah, former Kingdom of Saudi Arabia CEDAW Committee Member, served as the resource person.

About 25 participants composed of ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) Focal Points participated in the event. The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), as the Philippines Focal Point to the ACW, requested representation from different government oversight agencies in-charge of CEDAW matters to attend the training workshop. The Philippine delegation was composed of Ms. Anita C. Baleda from the PCW, Undersecretary Goddes Hope Libiran of the Department of Budget and Management , Ms. Christine Joy Mamuyac of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico of the Commission on Audit. In addition to the Singaporean participants, the Convention was attended by other participants from Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, and Timor Leste.

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COA joins the International Women’s Day Celebration
Published: 18 April 2024

On March 8 every year, the United Nations (UN) celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) to commemorate the achievements of women through the years since its official recognition in 1977. UN member countries around the world hold celebrations to recognize their women achievers.

Under the theme: “Invest in Women, Accelerate Progress,” the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the UN Women Philippines organized the IWD on 8 March 2024 held at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City. There were five panel discussions on varied topics, namely: (i) Financing with Gender Perspective; (ii) Empowering Communities through Gender-Responsive Budgeting; (iii) Championing Women’s Empowerment: A Global Perspective; (iv) Bridging the Gap: Technology and Women’s Empowerment in Business; (v) and A Double-Edged Sword: Navigating the Benefits and Challenges of Technology.

The Commission on Audit (COA), represented by Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico, Chair of the Technical Working Group of the COA Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (GFPS), participated in the second panel discussion together with the representatives from the PCW and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. (DSWD).

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