President Benigno S. Aquino III and nine others, including Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan, were recognized outstanding exemplars who have made significant marks in society by noted media group Bulong Pulungan during its annual Christmas party held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on December 3, 2013.

The Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel organizers noted COA Chairperson Pulido Tan for her “courage, integrity and sheer grit in pursuing the path to justice, despite the many obstacles and personalities standing in the way” and for “daring to break gender stereotypes with a firm, uncompromising stance and steely determination to pursue wrong doers.”

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MANILA, Philippines, November 28, 2013 – The Commission on Audit (COA) celebrated today the first anniversary of its Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) Project, the Commission’s transparency initiative recently awarded as the "Bright Spot" of the 2013 Open Government Partnership Summit in London.

In her keynote address, COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan said, "I have always believed that all of us in government are ultimately accountable to the people we serve. They have the constitutional right to know if their money is being spent properly and judiciously by their public servants. This CPA Project has been designed to do just that – to directly engage citizens in accounting for the effectiveness and efficiency of government projects."

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The Commission on Audit (COA) clarified that Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) is not a discretionary fund.

COA Chairperson Ma. Gracia M. Pulido Tan, in her reply to the first letter of Senator Miriam Santiago, said that under Section 63 of the General Appropriations Act (GAA), MOOE appropriations may only be used for the purposes specified and listed in the GAA. In the case of the Senate, these are general administration and support, legislative services and operational requirements of 35 congressional commissions and oversight committees listed in the GAA.

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The Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) will host Asian leaders in the field of government audit at the 46th Governing Board (GB) Meeting of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) from February 17-21, 2013.

COA Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan will join her counter parts from India, Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey to discuss international audit standards, transparency and other pressing issues in international audit.

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The Commission on Audit (COA) commended five state auditors whose testimonies and exemplary audit work secured the Sandiganbayan convictions of former education and air force officials in separate graft cases.

State Auditors Araceli P. Geli, Joel C. Digal, Carlos C. Tagudin and Cresilda T. Caballero were recognized for their commendable audit work, skill and judgment that aided the conviction of two former officials of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) for involvement in various overpriced, ghost and uncompleted projects in Region XI.

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