Former COA Chairman Celso D. Gangan passes away

Published: 28 December 2022


Former Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Celso Domingo Gangan passed away last 24 December 2022. He was 88 years old.

A native of Ilagan, Isabela, Chairman Gangan served as Chairman of the COA from 25 March 1994 to 1 February 2001. Chairman Gangan commissioned an organizational study to enhance the public accountability of COA with funding assistance from the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP). The UNDP Study was the first comprehensive study undertaken on COA, which paved the way for the creation of the Change Management Team and Change Management Support Unit to spearhead the implementation of identified and on-going reforms, and the adoption of other reform initiatives as COA’s response to the challenges of good governance in the public sector. 

One of the hallmarks of Chairman Gangan’s administration is his generosity in providing for the needs of the COA family. Physical facilities and equipment were amply provided to the central and regional offices. Promotions and local and foreign staff training programs were pursued. He founded the COA Operation Lingap intended to help the lahar victims of Region III. In 1998, COA regained its seat in the United Nations Board of Auditors which it held for three years. It was during the term of Chairman Gangan that the COA celebrated its Centenary.

Born on 28 July 1934, Chairman Gangan was a CPA-Lawyer and a young delegate to the Constitutional Convention, representing the lone district of Isabela. He presided as Chair of the Committee on Government Audit. He recommended the creation of the Commission on Audit as a collegial body to replace the then existing General Auditing Office. Former President Corazon C. Aquino appointed him Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Vice Governor of Isabela in 1986. He was subsequently named Assistant Commissioner of the COA in August 1988 and shortly was designated Resident Ombudsman of the Central Office. He also held the position of OIC of the newly created Corporate Audit Office.

As COA Chairman, employees who served under his term remember him as a humble and approachable man who greeted them always with a smile.

Chairman Gangan’s remains lie at the Sanctuarium, 7739 Gregorio Araneta Avenue, Quezon City. His cremation and inurnment will be held on 29 December 2022. The COA community expresses its deepest condolences to the late Chairman’s family. #