COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was guest speaker during the induction ceremony for the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers 2020 National Officers and Directors held on 18 January 2020 at Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and AMA University Chairman Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of scholarship programs to employees of the Commission on 20 January 2020.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with COA Officials during the Strategic Planning held at the Professional Development Center on 11 February 2020.
Former Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, Director Fortunata M. Rubico and Director Jonathan B. Beltran join resource persons from the Climate Change Commission during the Gender and Climate Change Orientation for the Commission on Audit on 3 to 4 March 2020.
Dr. Reynaldo O. Samson, from the Philippine National Police, discusses National Security, Local Security and Company Physical Security during the Symposium on Public Safety and Personal Security on 2 March 2020 at PIDS Auditorium.
Participants of the Advance Performance Audit Course held at the Professional Development Center on 10 February 2020.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with Calamba Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr., Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and COA Regional Office IV-A Director Mario G. Lipana lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office in Calamba, Laguna on 11 February 2020.
The Commission on Audit (COA), the Philippine Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), won first place at the professional level in the Hackathon BPK Competition – Indonesia with the theme “Hack for Accountability and Transparency” held by the Audit Board of Indonesia (Badan Pemerika Keuangan) to commemorate its 74th Anniversary.
The competition aimed to improve public engagement in audit-related activities through their involvement in developing software that can assist in audit and to enhance public awareness of the importance of accountability. It was open for students and professionals both at the national and international levels across the ASEAN and is expected to be a source of inspiration for the youth to strive for innovation, especially in adapting to the new normal. Judging of the entries were held in Jakarta from 12-13 January 2021 or virtually, via online connection.
The COA team was composed of Mr. Gerald M. Mendeja (project lead), Mr. Jewelle Caezar G. Gadiano, and Marwin A. de Guzman of the Information Technology Office. The team developed the Project Reporting of Infrastructure Schedule Monitoring System (PRISM) which is an application designed for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of different government infrastructure projects through different platforms such as web and mobile.
Mr. Mendeja said that PRISM uses different technology to capture government infrastructure data that would be used by auditors, citizens for participatory audit/public engagement, and management for decision making.
The groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying for the new Commission on Audit (COA) Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Rizal was held on 5 January 2020. The site of the new PSAO building is located at Sitio Cabading, Barangay Inarawan, Antipolo City.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Assistant Commissioner Luzvi P. Chatto, COA Region IV-A Regional Director Mario G. Lipana, Assistant Regional Director Maria Oliva V. Ortega and Director Amelia P. Valdez of the General Services Office led the ceremony. Rizal Governor Rebecca “Nini” A. Ynares and Antipolo City Mayor Andrea B. Ynares led the guests from the local government units (LGUs) that included City Legal Officer Atty. Cedrick Justice U. Capiral, City Engineer Jesus S. Gonzaga, City Planning and Development Officer Rowena T. Zapanta, Provincial Treasurer Ma. Teresa E. Lasquety, and OIC-City Budget Officer Ms. Priscilla R. Padua.
Chairperson Aguinaldo thanked the City of Antipolo and the Province of Rizal for being gracious in allowing COA to use the land for its satellite office in Rizal. He mentioned that there are currently 49 operating PSAOs all over the country. Chairperson Aguinaldo spoke of the importance of interdependence among different bodies of government that work together towards better public service. He also thanked the members of the COA family for their perseverance and making the best out of this difficult time of global pandemic.
Contrary to recent news reports, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate of the Philippines had confidential or intelligence funds in the 2019 budget.
The 2019 Annual Financial Report (AFR) for the National Government cited in the news reports shows that the Congress of the Philippines had no confidential and intelligence expenses incurred for the year ended 31 December 2019. While appearing under the sub-major account category Confidential, Intelligence and Extraordinary Expenses prescribed under the Revised Chart of Accounts for National Government Agencies, the P3.98 Billion entry clearly refers to the item “Extraordinary and Miscellaneous Expenses”. The AFR clearly shows that the Congress of the Philippines did not incur any Confidential or Intelligence expenses in 2019.
Extraordinary and Miscellaneous Expenses, as provided under Section 47 of the General Provisions of the FY 2019 General Appropriations Act include, but are not limited to, expenses incurred for various activities such as meetings, seminars and conferences; office equipment and supplies; public relations; educational, athletic and cultural activities; subscription to professional, technical journals and informative magazines, library book and materials; and other similar expenses not supported by the regular budget allocation.
The sub-major account category Confidential, Intelligence and Extraordinary Expenses refer to three general ledger accounts: confidential expenses (related to surveillance activities in civilian government agencies), intelligence expenses (related to intelligence information gathering activities of uniformed, military personnel and intelligence practitioners), and extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses (incidental to the performance of official functions).
The Revised Chart of Accounts was adopted to conform to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards.