Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was awarded by the Ateneo Professional Schools and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. with the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, an annual award given to distinguished servant leaders for their exceptional contributions and achievements in the public and private sectors.

The awarding ceremony was held at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium at Rockwell Center, Makati City on 22 February 2019 where Chairperson Aguinaldo delivered his professorial lecture “Transparency, Accountability and the Rule of Law: Boon or Bane to Government Initiatives.”

“Transparency, accountability and the rule of law are fundamental conditions of good governance in the public sector. These are in place not solely to fight against corruption but also to improve government functioning and create a positive social, political and economic climate for the populace,” said Chairperson Aguinaldo.

Chairperson Aguinaldo noted that there are instances where inconsistent or unreasonable interpretation implementation of laws and rules become constraints to government programs, hindering officials in decision making and creating a “chilling effect” on government officials.

“Both laws and rules and government action are just parts of the process of achieving the objectives of the promotion of the common good, the conservation and development of national patrimony and securing the blessings of independence and democracy. Consequently, there is a need to strike a balance and recognize the idea of interdependence as means to achieve this end,” Chairperson Aguinaldo observed.

Former Chairman and CEO of the Governance Commission for GOCCs Atty. Cesar L. Villanueva provided reaction to the Chairperson’s lecture.

Around 300 representatives from the Ateneo Professional Schools led by Vice President Antonette Palma-Angeles, Ateneo Law School Dean Atty. Jose Maria G. Hofileña, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Atty. Giovanni F. Vallente and Associate Dean for Academic Afairs Atty. Maita V. Chan-Gonzaga; Metrobank Foundation, Inc. led by President Aniceto M. Sobrepeña, and the COA attended the lecture.