LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. The Philippines is the first recipient of the Bright Spots Award at this year's Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit held on October 31 to November 1, 2013. The country bested six other countries (Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Montenegro and Romania) that also showcased transparency projects geared toward improving government efficiency and accountability.

The Philippine entry for the Bright Spots Award is the Commission on Audit's Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project. Launched on November 26, 2012, the CPA Project aims to increase awareness and government transparency through citizen involvement in the audit process. It is a constructive and collaborative partnership between the government and citizens through civil society organizations (CSOs).

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In response to the letter request of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, I am now looking into the releases under the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) to legislators, and the projects for which their DAP allocations were spent.

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The Report on the Salaries and Allowances (ROSA) received by Principal Officers and Members of Governing Boards of Government-owned and/or Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and their Subsidiaries and the Secretaries, Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries and other officials of equivalent rank of National Government Agencies (NGAs) is prepared by the Commission on Audit (COA) in accordance with the continuing thrust of the government on transparency of its transactions and operations.

The data presented in the ROSA were based on the information submitted by the field auditors of the GOCCs and NGAs which were verified against the agency books.  The COA does not render an opinion on the report as a whole.  The items of expenditures are still subject to detailed audit and examination by the field auditors concerned.

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Here’s another occasion to be proud of  for the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA).

The COA’s Fraud Audit Office Director, Atty. Alexander B. Juliano, will be the recipient of the Walker Award, a recognition bestowed upon the person receiving the highest annual score on the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) Examination. This recognition bespeaks of the COA’s commitment to professionalism and global excellence.

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Delegates to the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) 46th Governing Board Meeting at the grounds of the Asian Development Bank on February 19, 2013.The Governing Board (GB) of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) opened its 46th Meeting at the Asian Development Bank on February 19, 2013 with emphasis on transparency and accountability. ASOSAI Chairman Mr. Vinod Rai, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, pointed out the challenges for Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) to ensure public accountability to a more discerning and empowered citizenry who demands transparency in government dealings, in his opening address to the GB.

“The public today is wanting the government to be transparent in all its activities, all its budgetary dealings to the extent that it is a challenge on public auditors to ensure financial accountability of the executive, to provide assurance to the man on the street,” observes Mr. Rai.

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