The Commission on Audit Regional Office No. IV-A (CALABARZON) inaugurated its first Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) constructed in Barangay Talipan, Pagbilao, Quezon, recently.

Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, Assistant Commissioner Wilfredo A. Agito, Director Omar S. Roque, and Regional Director Mario G. Lipana led the inauguration. Representatives of Provincial Governor David “Jayjay” C. Suarez including Provincial Administrator Romulo M. Edaño and Provincial Engineer Johnny A. Pasatiempo as well as District Engineer Rogelio C. Crespo of the 2nd District, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) attended the event. Former COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza and several COA officials and auditors also graced the occasion.

Commissioner Pondoc expressed his heartfelt gratitude to provincial and municipal government for their continuing support to the endeavors of the Commission. Commissioner Pondoc said COA will continue to be advisers providing guidance in the effective and efficient operations of government agencies. He added that the PSAO Building is intended for all auditors so they can continue to carry out their mandate with independence and integrity. The PSAO Building is a notable example of interdependence and good relationships between the local government and the Commission in the delivery of public service.

Director Lipana, on the other hand, agreed with Provincial Administrator Edaño on the protection of environment, emphasizing the need to have trees planted before the inauguration of the PSAO Building.

Provincial Administrator Edaño noted that the PSAO Building stands as a symbol of the joint effort or “bayanihan” among the local and national government agencies and the Commission on Audit. He said the PSAO Building will not only serve as the second home of auditors but also a representation of the continuing dedication and commitment of the different branches of the government towards transparency and full accountability to the public. He also highlighted the local government’s program on the protection of the environment.