The groundbreaking ceremony and time capsule laying for the new Commission on Audit (COA) Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in Rizal was held on 5 January 2020. The site of the new PSAO building is located at Sitio Cabading, Barangay Inarawan, Antipolo City.

COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with Assistant Commissioner Luzvi P. Chatto, COA Region IV-A Regional Director Mario G. Lipana, Assistant Regional Director Maria Oliva V. Ortega and Director Amelia P. Valdez of the General Services Office led the ceremony. Rizal Governor Rebecca “Nini” A. Ynares and Antipolo City Mayor Andrea B. Ynares led the guests from the local government units (LGUs) that included City Legal Officer Atty. Cedrick Justice U. Capiral, City Engineer Jesus S. Gonzaga, City Planning and Development Officer Rowena T. Zapanta, Provincial Treasurer Ma. Teresa E. Lasquety, and OIC-City Budget Officer Ms. Priscilla R. Padua.

Chairperson Aguinaldo thanked the City of Antipolo and the Province of Rizal for being gracious in allowing COA to use the land for its satellite office in Rizal. He mentioned that there are currently 49 operating PSAOs all over the country. Chairperson Aguinaldo spoke of the importance of interdependence among different bodies of government that work together towards better public service. He also thanked the members of the COA family for their perseverance and making the best out of this difficult time of global pandemic.

Mayor Ynares thanked the Commission for choosing Antipolo City to be the site of its satellite office, which she said can foster good governance. “Isa pong karangalan na makapag ambag sa anti-corruption efforts ng ating pamahalaan sa pamumuno po ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte,” she said.

For her part, Governor Ynares said that the Province of Rizal is very glad and thankful that COA chose the Province of Rizal to be the site of its new PSAO.

Director Lipana expressed his gratitude to the City of Antipolo for donating the land while Assistant Director Ortega fondly recalled her assignment as Supervising Auditor of the Province of Rizal which was her first audit experience at an LGU. She also expressed appreciation to the hosts and coordinators, particularly Province of Rizal Supervising Auditor Olivia Bautista and her audit team leaders and staff.

Fr. Felipe Lindo Pedraja officiated in the groundbreaking ceremony with prayers and the blessing. - article contributed by COA Regional Office No. IV-A; edited by the Public Information Office