COA moves towards digital transformation of state audit in the next seven years

The Commission on Audit (COA) moves towards digital transformation of its audit approaches, techniques and processes during the next seven years under the term of Chairperson Gamaliel A. Cordoba.

Around 140 senior COA officials led by Chairperson Cordoba and Commissioners Roland C. Pondoc and Mario G. Lipana formulated the Commission’s strategic directives at a planning conference conducted from 24- 27 April 2023.

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COA levels up its performance audit practice

To help government agencies improve their services and better perform their mandates, the Commission on Audit (COA) is robustly enhancing its performance audit capabilities. COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc recently shed light on COA's performance audit program in his article published in the PICPA Talks column of the Manila Bulletin.

Commissioner Pondoc said that COA coordinated with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Government Accountability Office (US GAO) Center for Audit Excellence (CAE) in 2015 for technical assistance in the development of performance audit policy and practices aligned with the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI). As a result, five pilot performance audits were conducted.

In 2017, COA created the Performance Audit Office (PAO) dedicated to the conduct of performance audit that is designed to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of a program, with the goal of implementing improvements.

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COA holds groundbreaking ceremony for construction of Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Palo, inaugurates new PSAO building in Baybay City

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Commission on Audit (COA) Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Palo, Leyte was held on 27 March 2023. Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, Director Amelia P. Valdez of the General Services Office, COA Region VIII Regional Director Felix M. Basallaje, Jr., Assistant Regional Director Arnel T. Jaranilla, Leyte Governor Carlos Jerico “Icot” L. Petilla and Palo Municipal Mayor Remedios “Matin” L. Petilla led the ceremony. COA Region VIII officials and personnel as well as representatives from the COA Central Office also attended the event.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Pondoc, Director Valdez, Regional Director Basallaje, Jr., Assistant Regional Director Jaranilla, Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos L. Cari and Vice Mayor Ernesto C. Butawan led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and unveiling of the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new PSAO building in Baybay, Leyte on 28 March 2023. The event was also attended by the Members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baybay City, COA Region VIII officials and personnel, and representatives from the COA Central Office.

COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, Director Amelia P. Valdez, Regional Director Felix M. Basallaje, Jr., Assistant Regional Director Arnel T. Jaranilla with Governor Carlos Jerico “Icot” L. Petilla and Mayor Remedios L. Petilla lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office in Palo, Leyte.

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COA participates in regional workshop to strengthen performance audit in Asia and Pacific

COA Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc joins the officials and participants from the Supreme Audit Institutions of the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Mongolia, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea at the recently held regional workshop under the Asian Development Bank and International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Development Initiative Project, “Strengthening of Performance Audit Capacity in Asia and the Pacific.”

The Commission on Audit (COA) participated in the week-long regional workshop on the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAI) Implementation Needs Assessment for Performance Audit (IINA PA) held from 06 to 10 March 2023 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

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