The Commission on Audit (COA), the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the Philippines, recently assumed the Vice Chairmanship of the ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) for the term 2021-2023 during the 6th ASEANSAI Summit held virtually on 2 November 2021, hosted by the Office of the Auditor General of the Union of Myanmar. SAI Philippines also retains its Chairmanship of the ASEANSAI Training Committee (TC) for biennium 2022-2023, with the SAIs of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand as members.

Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, together with Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, led the Philippine delegation that also included Assistant Commissioner Cora Lea A. Dela Cruz of the Professional and Institutional Development Sector. The nine Auditors-General of the ASEANSAI, the Head of ASEANSAI Secretariat from SAI Indonesia, representatives from development partners and technical support staff from respective SAIs were also present during the Summit.

In his acceptance speech as the Vice Chairperson of the ASEANSAI, Chairperson Aguinaldo said that “the new ASEANSAI Strategic Goals of Fostering capacity development, Intensifying knowledge sharing, Strengthening cooperation and Improving internal governance exist because we believe that these are going to bring our organization to a new frontier, but I must also underline that as we progress, we must ensure that no one is left behind.  For me, this is the spirit of cooperation and international understanding that further potentiates our mission.”

In COA’s capacity as the incoming Vice Chair, Chairperson Aguinaldo also presented the Consolidated ASEANSAI Committees’ Work Plans for 2022-2023, the activities and main deliverables of which are tied up with a specific strategic goal in the organization’s Strategic Plan for 2022 – 2025.

“SAI Philippines expresses its full support in the implementation of the ASEANSAI Work Plan and will endeavor further to ensure that our goals are attained as we move forward to attain our vision,” said Chairperson Aguinaldo during his presentation.

Likewise, with COA at the helm, the TC will continue to actively contribute to the enhancement of professional capacity of ASEANSAI members by providing technical support through knowledge sharing and capacity building on key audit competencies. As a means to successfully carry out the goals of the TC, SAI Philippines intends to focus on creating solid policy frameworks and clear learning pathways in support of its planned activities in the coming biennium. Hence, a Learning and Development Framework, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, as well as Coaching and Mentoring Strategies, are proposed to be formulated to achieve the Committee’s objectives for the said period.

The Summit’s highlights were the handover of the ASEANSAI Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship, approval of the Committees’ Work Plan 2022-2023, as well as the appointment of ASEANSAI Committees’ Chairs for 2022-2023 and the Auditor for Financial Statements for years ended 2020 and 2021. The approval of the Consolidated Progress Reports of ASEANSAI’s Committees and Secretariat, Strategic Plan 2022-2025, Revised Rules and Procedures, Revised Terms of Reference of the Knowledge Sharing Committee, Proposal on the ASEANSAI Legal Capacity, and Proposed Budget for ASEANSAI Activities for biennium 2022-2023, among others, were also deliberated and approved during the plenary session.# (Contributed by the Professional Development Office; edited by the Public Information Office)