Officials of the Commission on Audit (COA) welcome civil society delegates of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan during a learning visit in the country from 25 to 27 June 2018. They discussed the design and implementation of the COA’s Citizen Participatory Audit program.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo receives a certificate of appreciation from the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (ACIIA) after the plenary session held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on 21-22 June 2018. ACIIA was represented by (from left) ACIIA Public Sector Forum for Internal Auditors Chairperson Helen T. de Guzman, Association of Government Internal Auditors President Josie Jane C. Ablir and Institute of Internal Auditors - Philippines Chairman and President Joseph Ian M. Canlas.
(From left to right) Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, 7th district of Cavite Congressman Abraham N. Tolentino, COA Regional Office IV-A Director Mario G. Lipana, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region IV-A Director Samson L. Hebra during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the COA International Training Center in Tagaytay City on 21 June 2018.
COA participants at the Technical Evaluation of Infrastructure Project workshop after their successful training held at the Professional and Institutional Development Sector on 20 June 2018.
International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Chairperson Ian Carruthers (far right) accepts a token from Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc while COA Assistant Commissioner for the Government Accountancy Sector Lourdes M. Castillo and Board of Accountancy Chairperson Joel L. Tan-Torres look on during the forum on public sector accounting and financial reporting held on 31 May 2018 at the COA Professional Development Center Auditorium.
(From left to right) Royal Audit Authority (RAA) of Bhutan Assistant Auditor General Dorji Wangchuk, Ms. Sharon C. Contarciego, Ms. Ma. Theresa S. Alfanza, RAA Bhutan Senior Dzongkha Coordinator Namgay Lhendup, RAA Bhutan Senior Audit Officer Tashi Lhamo, COA Assistant Commissioner Luz L. Tolentino, RAA Bhutan Deputy Auditor General Prem Mani Pradhan, RAA Bhutan Program Officer Kangchen Karma, Ms. Arlexandria Louise F. Cariño of the Office of the COA Commissioner, RAA Bhutan Assistant Auditor General Kencho Dorji, and RAA Bhutan Program Officer Sangay Tenzin during RAA officials’ study visit on 30 May 2018.
Commission on Audit (COA) officials welcome students from the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance during their study visit on 22 May 2018
Ms. Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Chief of Party, Integrity for Investments Initiative, Philippines, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), receives a certificate of appreciation from the Commission on Audit presented by COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, COA Commissioner Jose A. Fabia, and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc during the close-out ceremony for USAID’s Integrity for Investments Initiative (i3)
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo signs the Internal Auditing Standards for the Philippine Public Sector (IASPPS) with Philippine Application Guidelines (PAG) and Internal Control Standards for the Philippine Public Sector (ICSPPS) during the launch of the Standards at the Commission on Audit on 12 April 2018. Witnesses to the signing are COA Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Roland C. Pondoc and officials of the Association of Government Internal Auditors and Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines.
We strongly condemn the killing of Commission on Audit (COA) Auditor Guiaria Bagundang Akmad, the Supervising Auditor of Maguindanao Province, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. She was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Cotabato City on Friday, 10 January 2020.
We strongly urge the authorities to act swiftly on the case and conduct an impartial investigation so that the perpetrators may be brought to justice. The nature of the work of our auditors exposes them to risks to their safety but this has not and shall not deter us from doing our Constitutional duty. We ask the public to pray for the family of Auditor Akmad, and for the safety of our auditors and for their steadfast courage and integrity.
The Commission on Audit (COA) Regional Office No. V saved the best before the year 2019 ended as COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc administered the Oath of Commitment to Integrity on 17 December 2019 at the Legazpi City Convention Center.
It coincided with the year-end Gender and Development (GAD) celebration which also featured a seminar on GAD Sensitivity and Awareness with former COA Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo as the resource person.
Commissioner Pondoc stressed the importance of maintaining integrity in the workplace, quoting a few words from Amy Anderson’s article “Success will come and go but Integrity is forever.”
Officials and personnel of COA Regional Office No. V recite the Integrity Pledge administered by COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc on 17 December 2019.
Commissioner Pondoc also took the time to answer the queries, issues and concerns of several regional employees through an open forum.
Regional Director Roland A. Rey, for his part, reminded the Bicolano auditors that reciting the Integrity Pledge further affirms the responsibilities and duties of a COAn, not just as a public servant but as a guardian of government funds.
A Seminar on R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees was conducted by the Civil Service Commission on 16 December.
The event concluded with the signing of the pledge form by the regional officials and employees, to be attached to their personnel files. – Marian J. Paje (Training Specialist I, COA Region V)
Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc administered the Integrity Pledge to 361 personnel of the COA Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) led by Regional Director Atty. Eden T. Rafanan at the COA-CAR Regional Office Multi-Purpose Building on 10 December 2019.
In line with COA’s Intensified Management Program on Integrity, the Integrity Pledge seeks to strengthen and highlight COA-CAR’s commitment and dedication to public service. This also serves as a reminder that COAns should conduct themselves with the highest degree of honesty and integrity without any sense of entitlement as public servants.
Commissioner Pondoc quoted a Forbes article by Amy Anderson saying that “success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.”
COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc administers the Integrity Pledge to officials and personnel of the COA Cordillera Administrative Region.
As the Commission Proper always reminds COAns: “As public servants, we are held to a higher standard. We must not only work hard and try to do good in our work, but also to exert efforts in order to serve with integrity.”
Commissioner Pondoc also discouraged his audience from doing business with untrustworthy groups or individuals while encouraging them to pursue maintaining the culture of integrity within the Commission and among COA Employees. Also discussed during the program were the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Officials and Employees, the Revised Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for COA Officials and Employees, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and other laws pertaining to good governance.