Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was appointed to head the Supreme Audit Institution on March 24, 2015. Chairperson Aguinaldo is a lawyer with extensive legal, governance and administration expertise acquired from 23 years of professional work as private law practitioner, government official and professor.

Prior to his appointment to COA, Chairperson Aguinaldo was the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President, handling formulation of operational policies, standards and processes for efficient and effective provision of legal and legislative assistance and services to the organizational units of the Office of the President and the different departments and government agencies.

As Deputy Executive Secretary, he reviewed and prepared decisions on appeals from resolutions, orders and actions of different departments under the jurisdiction of the President and petitions for executive clemency. He also reviewed and submitted recommendations on proposed bills and enrolled bills passed by Congress, the legality of treaties, conventions and executive agreements entered into by the government with other countries for consideration of the President.

He headed the Investigation and Adjudication Office (formerly the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission) and oversaw the implementation of integrity initiatives consistent with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Before joining government, Chairperson Aguinaldo was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm. Having been with the law firm for 17 years, Chairperson Aguinaldo acquired extensive expertise handling special projects, particularly in infrastructure, telecommunications and energy sectors. He has extensive experience in the conduct of legal audit and due diligence of acquisitions and mergers and in compliance-related matters for both foreign and domestic corporations. He has also handled litigation and arbitration for both domestic and international clients in civil, tax, securities and labor cases, and petitions and appeals before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Chairperson Aguinaldo is also a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, and has taught courses in Obligations and Contracts, Credit Transactions, Legal Forms, Labor Relations, Labor Standards Law and Negotiation Seminar.

He obtained his law degree from the Ateneo in April 1992. Afterwards, he worked as an associate at the De Borja Medialdea Ata Bello Guevara and Serapio law office.

Chairperson Aguinaldo also holds a Special Degree in International Economic Law obtained from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in May, 1997. He placed 7th in the 1992 Philippine Bar Examinations.

Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc was nominated to the Commission on Audit (COA) on 6 February 2018 and was confirmed unanimously by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on 14 March 2018, for a term expiring on 2 February 2025. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Lawyer, Commissioner Pondoc concentrated his love for education with his Alma Mater, the University of Mindanao - Davao City, for 22 years, while practicing both professions.

Commissioner Pondoc served as a professor in the Colleges of Accountancy, Law, Business Administration, Criminology and the Graduate Studies of the University of Mindanao (UM) from 1994 to 2016. He was an Assistant Dean of the College of Law and served as Officer-in-Charge/Director of the Office of the Student Affairs. His exceptional work as an educator was recognized by the University of Mindanao who awarded Commissioner Pondoc the Golden Harvest Award for Outstanding Professor in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was also a National Awardee as an Outstanding Business Educator in the Field of Accountancy in 2004 and 2011 conferred by the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business and the Petron Foundation. Moreover, he became a National Awardee of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) three times: Most Outstanding CPA in Education (2008), Most Outstanding PICPA Member (2009) and Most Outstanding PICPA Chapter President (2015). Before concentrating in the academe, he worked for private companies such as the Tri-Star Corporation, Eden Corporation and Jesus V. Ayala Management Corp.

Commissioner Pondoc joined the government service in 2014 as Legal Officer of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), a government hospital which is located in the heart of Davao City.

Prior to his nomination, Commissioner Pondoc was appointed as the Assistant Executive Secretary (AES) in the Office of the President in September 2016 and specifically assigned as the Assistant Deputy Director General for the Administration and Logistics/Finance for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017 National Organizing Council for the entire period of the ASEAN 2017 Hosting of Summits and Related Meetings. He was directly in-charge of all logistic requirements of each conducted meeting regardless of its location and the number of foreign and local delegates. He was also in charge of carefully and critically monitoring the proper utilization of the budget intended for the said events.

Commissioner Pondoc finished his primary education from the University of Immaculate Conception (formerly ICC) and Rizal Memorial Colleges, and his secondary education from the Davao City National High School (formerly DCHS). He was a magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting degree in 1988. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 2001 as a recipient of the Achiever’s Award and his Master in Business Administration (MBA) in 1997. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Tambuli Award as Most Outstanding Alumni by the UM Alumni Association, Inc. He is also a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser and a Licensed Real Estate Broker.