The Commission on Audit (COA) is now moving towards institutionalizing the Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) after five years of pilot audits. COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc noted in the recently published PICPA Talks column of the Manila Bulletin, that COA has mainstreamed the CPA technique into regular financial, compliance and performance audits as part of COA’s initiatives in the calendar years (CYs) 2016-2022 Strategic Plan and the CY 2022 Holistic Operational Plan.
COA approved the first Annual CPA Plan (CY 2022) last 19 September 2022. In line with the CPA Plan, COA conducted a CPA dialogue with civil society organizations (CSOs) in Cotabato City for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) last 10 to 12 November 2022 in which CSO members together with the auditors of BARMM identified possible thrust areas and audit topics for future CPA engagements.
As a reform strategy, the CPA aims to uphold the people’s primordial right to a clean government and the prudent utilization of public resources, founded on the premise that public accountability can prosper only with a vigilant and involved citizenry. The CPA uses constructive engagement approach between citizens and government in monitoring the government’s use of public resources to improve government agencies’ service delivery, protect the rights of people, and promote community welfare. The CPA strategy was made possible through COA’s exclusive authority to establish the methods and techniques for its audits as mandated by the Philippine Constitution.
Since its launch in 2011, CPA audits of the KAMANAVA Flood Control Project implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways, barangay health stations all over the country, Solid Waste Management Program of Quezon City and Metro Manila, Farm-to-Market Road Projects nationwide, Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects in Surigao Provinces, Disaster Risks Reduction and Management Program of the City of Tuguegarao and the Province of Albay, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program in Cagayan de Oro City, among other CPA engagements, have been conducted.