Nine former officials of the Commission on Audit (COA) were honored by the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy (PRBOA) with the Accountancy Centenary Award of Excellence conferred on 17 March 2023 at the Manila Hotel to mark the culmination of the 100th year anniversary celebration of the Accountancy Profession in the Philippines.
The PRBOA conferred the Award on 100 notable Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) “whose unquestionable integrity, as exemplified by their outstanding contributions and unparalleled dedication in the advancement of the Accountancy profession and remarkable participation in national development have proven worthy of honor and emulation.”
The nine former COA officials named among the 100 notable Filipino CPAs are Chairpersons Pascasio S. Banaria, Celso D. Gangan, Guillermo N. Carague and Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan; Commissioners Hermogenes P. Pobre and Heidi L. Mendoza; Assistant Commissioners Cecilio L. Dizon and Luzvi P. Chatto and Mr. Jose G. Torres.
The PRBOA also listed six COAns among the “Recognition Awardees” who are former members of the Board of Accountancy. They are former COA Commissioner Silvestre D. Sarmiento and Messrs. Guillermo A. Cruz, Jose A. Gangan, Rufo R. Mendoza, Juan S. Ong, and Alejandro Reyes.
Chairperson Pulido Tan is the first woman Chairperson of the COA. She brought to the Commission impeccable academic and professional credentials and a wealth of experience and multidisciplinary expertise in law and accounting, finance, management and governance acquired in her many decades of professional work as private law and accounting practitioner, government official and international consultant. As COA Chairperson, she introduced many reforms that evaluated the organizational structure, strengthened COA independence, upgraded capabilities and built capacities especially in the areas of forensic accounting and fraud audit and engage citizen participation. One of her flagship programs, the Citizen Participatory Audit program has won many awards, including the “Bright Spots” Award at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit held in London in 2013 and first place for the Asia Pacific Region for the 2021 OGP Impact Awards. Chairperson Tan served as Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee.