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COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia and Director Lito Q. Martin during COA’s presentation of its bid to renew its mandate as External Auditor of the World Health Organization.

From March to May, the Commission on Audit scored two wins in auditing international agencies. Last March, we beat the United Kingdom and France in the post of External Auditor of the International Labour Organization, even if we submitted the highest bid and without launching a campaign. Just two months passed and again, we won as External Auditor of the World Health Organization after three rounds of secret balloting. While we were literally jumping for joy, we realized that it is the first month anniversary of our beloved Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo. What a welcome surprise! This calls for an M2M as in Merry Making … 

COA Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge Heidi L. Mendoza (center) with (from left) Finance Officer Mr. Tomas A. Valerio of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations, COA Director Michael L. Racelis, Director Visitacion Q. Mendoza, Ms. Jennifer Andrea S. Imperial of the Office of Commissioner Mendoza, Director Lito Q. Martin and Labor Attache Ma. Celeste M. Valderrama shortly after Commissioner Mendoza’s presentation of COA’s bid as ILO External Auditor on March 14, 2015.

Geneva, Switzerland- The International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, appointed the Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) as its External Auditor for a period of four years beginning on April 1, 2016.


The ILO’s Governing Body made the appointment following the unanimous recommendation of the Selection Panel during the ILO’s on-going 323rd Session being held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 12-27, 2015. The Philippines was selected over other shortlisted candidates, France and the United Kingdom.


 The Selection Panel, a tripartite body composed of Ghana, China, the United States of America and Greece representing Governments, South Africa and Japan representing the Employers group, and Belgium and Denmark representing the Workers group, considered the high level of professionalism and technical qualities as well as non-technical aspects such as diversity in audit base and approach to client relations.


“This appointment is an affirmation not only of COA’s audit expertise but also its integrity and independence. We assure the ILO of our promise to deliver quality external audit to the highest professional standards and to work together with the ILO in its pursuit of its mandate,” said COA Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge Heidi L. Mendoza.


Consul Arnel Talisayon, representing the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, for his part, appreciated “the objective, holistic, and systematic procedure of evaluating the proposal of each of the candidates which reflects on the high level integrity and professionalism of the ILO.”


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