COA Commissioner Pondoc conferred as ASEAN Chartered CPA

Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc was inducted and conferred as an “ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountant” at a formal ceremony on 31 July 2021 during the 2nd ASEAN Chartered Public Accountant Conference virtually held in Cebu City.

Commissioner Pondoc, also a lawyer, is one of 96 Filipino CPAs who joined the ranks of ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountants. The members took their oath before Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr. The new members will be issued an ASEAN PRC identification card and certificate.

Under mutual recognition agreements signed by all ten ASEAN member states, ASEAN Chartered Professional Accountants are legally allowed to provide accountancy services in ASEAN markets without having to undergo extensive re-training or re-qualification procedures.

Mr. Rosanno Luga, president of the Davao City chapter of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), said that there are about 5,300 ASEAN professional accountants to date including the newly conferred Filipino ASEAN CPAs, three of whom are past presidents of the PICPA Davao Chapter and are now holding important positions in the government. They are Commissioner Pondoc, Energy Regulatory Commission Commissioner Marko Romeo L. Fuentes, and Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy (PRBOA) Vice-Chairperson Thelma S. Ciudadano.

The conferment was held on the second day of the 2nd ASEAN CPA Conference hosted by the PRBOA and PICPA from 30-31 July 2021. With the theme “Forging Alliances. Strengthening Links,” the Conference gathered a vast number of CPAs from all over the ASEAN region to better facilitate mobility of accounting professionals across the ASEAN and promote adoption of best practices and standards.

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COA officials attend international virtual Workshop on Women’s Empowerment for Productivity Gains

Commission on Audit (COA) officials participated in a three-day international virtual Workshop on Women’s Empowerment for Productivity Gains hosted by the Asian Productivity Organization Secretariat based in Tokyo, Japan on 22 to 24 June 2021.

COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo authorized the attendance of Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico and Director Sofia C. Gemora, Chairs of the Technical Working Group and Committee on Audit and Gender Issue Analysis, both of the COA Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System (GFPS). Their participation in the virtual Workshop intends to integrate productivity concepts and practices in gender mainstreaming in COA in pursuit of gender equality and women empowerment in government operations.

Assistant Commissioner Rubico and Director Gemora joined 34 other participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. The objective of the virtual Workshop is for participants to understand the latest initiatives and best practices to eliminate gender disparity, promote equality, and encourage increased female labor force participation (FLFP) across the region. Target participants included officials in charge of developing strategies for women’s empowerment, productivity improvement initiatives, and increasing FLFP rates. The COA officials were invited by the Development Academy of the Philippines, as the designated National Productivity Organization of the Philippines, to attend the workshop.

Experts and resource persons discussed topics such as: Promoting Women’s Empowerment in the Workplace in Japan; Progress of FLFP in Malaysia; Issues and Challenges in Women’s Empowerment; Improving Work-Life Balance by Implementing Productivity Tools and Methodologies in the Workplace; Championing Company-wide Productivity Improvement Activities; Initiatives in the Public and Private Sectors for Women’s Empowerment in Japan; Case Study on Women’s Empowerment for Productivity Gains in a Japanese Company; and Opportunities for Addressing FLFP across Asia and the Pacific.

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COA Commissioner Pondoc receives leadership awards from PICPA

Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc was recognized for his exemplary leadership as an officer of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) during PICPA’s recently concluded virtual Appreciation and Graduation Ceremony on 29 June 2021.

Commissioner Pondoc received the Presidential Leadership Award, Outstanding Senior Regional Director award, and Outstanding Chair of Geographical Area Office (Mindanao) award. He was also given the Certificate of Perfect Attendance for attending all of the Regular Monthly National Board of Directors Meeting for FY 2020-2021.

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COA Chair Aguinaldo talks about COA mandate, transparency at PCOO’s ‘F.Y.I.’ TV show

Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo talked about the Commission’s mandate, programs and projects to ensure transparency and accountability in government as guest of the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s (PCOO) television program “F.Y.I.” hosted by PCOO Undersecretary Atty. Kristian R. Ablan. The interview was taped via Zoom and aired on IBC-13 on 4 July 2021 at 8:30 p.m. The episode was also livestreamed on the F.Y.I. Facebook page (

Putting emphasis on the Commission’s role not only as watchdog of public coffers but also as enablers of government agencies to help them perform their mandates better, Chairperson Aguinaldo said “Ang COA ay isa sa mga ahensya na may mandato to ensure transparency and accountability sa mga ginagawa ng gobyerno. Gusto namin na makita ng mamamayan na may nagbabantay din sa mga buwis at nagagamit ng tama. Hindi po kami kalaban o kaaway ng mga nasa gobyerno. Hindi lang po kami tagahanap ng mali, anomalya o katiwalian. Nakikita namin ang aming mga sarili bilang partners in nation building.

Itong pandemya ay malaki ang epekto sa atin. Of course, we want to ensure accountability but at the same time ayaw po naming maging hadlang sa mga relief efforts kaya marami po kaming inisyu na mga opinions, mga Circulars to address these lalo na sa mga initiatives ng DSWD at GPPB to make things simpler especially a year ago to make sure people get the support they needed from government gaya ng SAP at mga donations but at the same time maintaining that government officials still have to be accountable,” he observed.

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