Strengthening INTOSAI’s global voice and SAIs’ Responsiveness highlighted during the XXIV International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions

Assistant Commissioner Cora Lea A. Dela Cruz, head of the COA delegation, presents a token of appreciation to Minister Bruno Dantas, President of the Federal Court of Accounts of Brazil and Chair of the INTOSAI, after the closing ceremony of the XXIV INCOSAI.

COA delegates join His Excellency Hussain Niyazy, Auditor General of SAI Maldives, and Mr. Yudi Budiman, SAI Indonesia delegate, during a photo opportunity at the XXIV INCOSAI.

The XXIV International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) convened on 7-11 November 2022 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This year’s INCOSAI was hosted by the Tribunal de Contas da União, SAI Brazil, which succeeded the Accounts Chamber of Russian Federation as the new International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Chair until 2025.

The Congress is the supreme organ of the INTOSAI, and is composed of all members. Held every three years, the INCOSAI is the largest international forum for the audit community. It offers all INTOSAI members an opportunity to share experiences, discuss issues, and pass resolutions and recommendations to improve government accountability worldwide.

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COA GFPS holds webinar on Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law)


The Commission on Audit (COA) Committee on Protection of Women and Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere (MOVE) COA Central Office Chapter, both of the Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS), conducted a webinar via Cisco Webex on Republic Act (RA) No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal Bastos Law) on 09 December 2022 as part of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW). There were 273 participants from the COA Central and Regional Offices.

Atty. Princess L. Ramirez, Acting Division Chief of the Prosecution and Litigation Division, Prosecution and Litigation Office, Legal Services Sector, served as the resource speaker for the webinar. She was introduced by Director Fidela M. Tan of the IAO.

Atty. Ramirez gave an overview of laws pertaining to women’s rights and discussed the salient features of RA No. 11313, with particular focus on the prohibited acts and corresponding penalties, responsibilities of the employer and employees, and remedies of offended parties. She also shared decisions of the Supreme Court illustrating the crime of sexual harassment.

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Commissioner Pondoc receives PICPA’s Special Achievement Award in Community Service

COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc was conferred with the 2022 PICPA Special Achievement Award in Community Service during PICPA’s National Awards Night held in Cebu City.

The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) conferred the prestigious 2022 PICPA Special Achievement in Community Service Award to Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc during the Awards Night on 24 November 2022 at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City. The event was part of PICPA’s 77th Annual National Convention held from 23-26 November 2022 with the theme, “Play it Forward: Securing a Sustainable Future.”

PICPA recognized Commissoiner Pondoc’s exemplary performance and significant contributions in the pursuit of projects and objectives of organizations in other fields. The annual awards are hallmarks of the organization member’s achievements, integrity, and contribution to PICPA and the Accountancy profession in general.

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