COA Commissioner Pondoc participates in international leadership masterclass on SAI Independence

Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc participated in the Leadership Masterclass on Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) Independence conducted by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Development Initiative (IDI) together with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Cour des Comptes (SAI France) from 11 to 13 October 2023 at the OECD and Cour des Comptes premises in Paris, France.

Leaders of Supreme Audit Institutions participate in the IDI Leadership Masterclass on SAI Independence held at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Cour des Comptes in Paris, France. COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc is at the second row, third from right.

The masterclass provides leaders of SAIs with “different perspectives on strategies, advocacy tools and potential partners, which will enable them to address risks and threats to their independence.” It aims to raise knowledge and awareness of SAI leaders on the relevance of independence of the SAI and advocate for it in their respective SAIs as well as identify the mains steps for responding to risks and challenges to SAI independence.

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COA Team wins third place in APEC App Challenge

Commission on Audit’s (COA) Gerald M. Mendeja and Jenero C. de Guzman won third place in the final round of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) App Challenge held on 19 August 2023 in Seattle, Washington, United States of America (USA).

The team’s entry, “EMERGE” app, revolves around empowering Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to excel in the global marketplace. It addresses the challenges highlighted in the 2020 APEC Report by providing a comprehensive platform with three main features: an Export Readiness Assessment Tool, a personalized Assessment Report, and a Public Global Directory. The app assists MSMEs in evaluating their readiness for international trade, offering actionable advice for improvement, and showcasing their businesses and products to a global audience, thereby promoting economic opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Messrs. Mendeja and De Guzman, both from the COA Information Technology Office, ventured into the APEC App Challenge on their own initiative, entering an esteemed international coding competition that unites software developers and designers from across the APEC region. Their team was among the five finalists, alongside the USA, People's Republic of China, Malaysia, and Thailand. A total of 35 teams participated in the competition. The finalist teams were invited to attend the APEC App Challenge at Digital Month during APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting in Seattle, Washington from 17-22 August 2023 to demonstrate and present their newly completed apps to a panel of judges and an audience including APEC policymakers and stakeholders up to the ministerial level, entrepreneurs, and development actors from around the region.

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COA enhances Competency-Based Human Resource System

The Commission on Audit (COA) recognizes the importance of developing a highly competent audit workforce to carry out the Commission's audit mandate efficiently and effectively. In an article published on 04 September 2023 by the Manila Bulletin entitled “COAs Competency-Driven Learning and Development for Auditors” under its PICPA Talks column, COA Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc highlighted the Commission’s strategic direction to develop and implement a Competency-Based Human Resource System (CBHRS).

“As a knowledge institution itself, COA needs to be agile and prepared to take on risks that impinge upon the management of its workforce performance. It thus became vital that learning and development strategies, structures and processes are attuned to the level of dynamism of the environment within which COA operates,” Commissioner Pondoc observed in his article.

"COA's CBHRS, in its complete form, offers a more straightforward solution to COA in harnessing the potential of its biggest asset to achieve the greatest value, it provides the basic competency frame for learning and development," Commissioner Pondoc added.

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COA bags highest GADtimpala award

The Commission on Audit (COA) was awarded the two highest Gender and Development Transformation & Institutionalization through Mainstreaming of Programs, Agenda, Linkages & Advocacies (GADtimpala) 2023 Awards conferred by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) at the awards ceremony held at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City on 14 August 2023.

COA was honored with the GADtimpala Gold for Outstanding Gender Responsive Agency in recognition of its outstanding performance in gender mainstreaming and the effective implementation of gender-responsive programs, as well as the GADtimpala Gold for exemplary GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) highlighting the dedication and commitment of COA GFPS in promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the organization and the sector.

The GADtimpala award recognizes deserving entities, government agencies, and local government units for their outstanding performance in gender mainstreaming and the effective implementation of gender-responsive programs that have visible impacts in upholding women’s rights, achieving gender equality and empowerment, and transforming women’s and men’s lives.

His Excellency President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos gave congratulatory video messages to the awardees. President Marcos noted that the awardees’ initiatives and the efficiency of their implementation demonstrate the typical ingenuity, sincerity and integrity that Filipinos can and should expect from government. “As your efforts for the progress of our society are honored, I also welcome the inspiration and challenge that this would bring to public servants all across our country. I hope that what you have shown and continue to show will inspire us all in our unending efforts for the empowerment of our people no matter their gender. Let the success of our colleagues be a reminder of our power to continue making our nation more inclusive for the present and succeeding generations,” President Marcos said.

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