The Commission on Audit (COA) Regional Office No. VI spearheaded the contract signing and groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Guimaras on 26 June 2019. COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Guimaras Governor Samuel T. Gumarin led the ceremony. Vice-Governor Atty. John Edward G. Gando, local officials of the Province and COA Regional Director Chona P. Labrague, with the supervising auditors, service chiefs, auditors of COA Regional Office No. VI, and representatives from the COA Central Office were also around to witness the event.

COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Guimaras Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, Vice-Governor John Edward G. Gando, and COA Regional Director Chona P. Labrague lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office in Guimaras.

Chairperson Aguinaldo acknowledged the generosity of the Province of Guimaras, emphasizing that the construction of the PSAO symbolizes COA’s independence but recognizing that the support of the Province of Guimaras shows interdependence among the different offices of government. He also pointed out that COA should not only be a watchdog but also a guardian angel ready to assist and educate its auditees.

Director Labrague said the construction of the PSAO Guimaras is a realization of COA’s dream to have its own office in Guimaras to house the auditors assigned to audit the different agencies situated in said province. She is hopeful that the PSAO Guimaras will serve as a bond between COA and the Province of Guimaras as partners in working towards the common good.

Governor Gumarin and Vice-Governor Gando are both thankful for the presence of COA as they were guided by the auditors in ensuring that their financial transactions are in accordance with laws, rules and regulations. They are grateful for the construction of COA PSAO Guimaras as it has been their desire that all government offices be clustered in the Provincial Government Center of Guimaras.

The groundbreaking ceremony was preceded by a blessing of the site officiated by Rev. Fr. Jose Alex G. Serania of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Jordan, Guimaras. #