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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Nine former COA officials honored with Accountancy Centenary Award of Excellence

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.

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