COA promotes environmental audit

"Unbeknownst to some, auditing is not limited to money matters. There is such a thing as environmental audit. And with the worsening challenges affecting the environment, now more than ever, environmental audit must be given focus."- COA Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc

With the worsening challenges affecting the environment, Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc emphasized the need to focus on environmental audit. In an article recently published by the Manila Bulletin entitled “Environmental audit, a must more than ever” under its PICPA Talks column, Commissioner Pondoc said that COA is actively involved in environmental audits by utilizing globally accepted processes and strategies as a member of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI)-Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA).

Formed in 1992 during the Rio Earth Summit on sustainable development, INTOSAI WGEA aims to use audit mandates and methods in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. It provides Supreme Audit Institutions with guidance and research on accountable, rule-based, and efficient governance and highlights innovative approaches promoting participation and transparency such as the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA).

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PhilGASEA launches Kadiwa pop-up store at COA

The Philippine Government Audit Service Employees Association (PhilGASEA) launched the Kadiwa pop-up store on 30 May 2023 to give Commission on Audit (COA) employees easier access to basic commodities such as rice, eggs, fruits, and vegetables at affordable prices.

(From left) PhilGASEA Secretary Rhodora Jegira, PhilGASEA President Edgardo Lamberto “Gary” Ramos, BOD Jowelito Alipio and Vice President Laurence Tato at the opening of the Kadiwa pop-up store

The project is in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the support of COA Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba. The various products were sourced from the Brgy. Atbu Women’s Association, Sta. Ana Agricultural Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Agripreneur Farmers and Producers Association, and the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

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Commission on Audit Headlines the INTOSAI Working Group on Public Debt 2023 Annual Meeting in Cairo, Egypt

Demonstrating its active global role in advancing audit governance and leadership, the Commission on Audit, led by Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba, presides over the Working Group on Public Debt (WGPD) Annual Meeting in Cairo, Egypt from May 8 – 10, 2023. The WGPD roots its mandate from one of the three Goal Committees of the International Organization of Supreme Institutions (INTOSAI) Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services. As the 2nd WGPD Chair, the Commission on Audit took over the post in 2017 from Auditoria Superior de la Federaciôn, the Supreme Audit Institution of Mexico that held the Chairmanship for 25 years.

The 2023 Cairo WGPD Annual Meeting carries the theme of the Role of SAIs in Promoting Debt Transparency. Against the backdrop of the post-pandemic environment, the 41-member Working Group coming from regional organizations of AFROSAI, ARABOSAI, ASOSAI, EUROSAI, PASAI, CAROSAI, OLACEFS as well as the US GAO and experts from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the International Budget Partnership provide the core impetus in forwarding the meeting’s theme. Along with this are the lessons learned shared by the member SAIs that create the vital cogs in the refresh and refocusing of public debt management toward better transparency and accountability.

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Japan honors COA Chairperson Cordoba with prestigious Order of the Rising Sun

The Japanese Government awarded Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of his “significant contributions to advancing cooperation between Japan and the Philippines in the field of telecommunications” while he was chief of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Established in 1875, the Order of the Rising Sun is the oldest national decoration awarded by the Japanese Government to individuals who have rendered outstanding contributions to the state, including the promotion of Japanese relations with other countries in various fields such as diplomacy, research and education, social welfare, economy, culture and sports.

Chairperson Cordoba will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. He joins three other Filipino recipients of the award this year: former Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto Romulo (Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun), former Defense secretary and now Bases Conversion and Development Authority Chairman Delfin Lorenzana (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star), and maritime anthropologist Dr. Cynthia Neri Zayas (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette).

“I am deeply humbled by this award. It is a recognition of the joint efforts of the Philippines and Japan to improve telecommunications services in the country and was one of my landmark projects at the NTC,” Chairperson Cordoba said.

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