Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc administered the Integrity Pledge to 361 personnel of the COA Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) led by Regional Director Atty. Eden T. Rafanan at the COA-CAR Regional Office Multi-Purpose Building on 10 December 2019.
In line with COA’s Intensified Management Program on Integrity, the Integrity Pledge seeks to strengthen and highlight COA-CAR’s commitment and dedication to public service. This also serves as a reminder that COAns should conduct themselves with the highest degree of honesty and integrity without any sense of entitlement as public servants.
Commissioner Pondoc quoted a Forbes article by Amy Anderson saying that “success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.”
COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc administers the Integrity Pledge to officials and personnel of the COA Cordillera Administrative Region.
As the Commission Proper always reminds COAns: “As public servants, we are held to a higher standard. We must not only work hard and try to do good in our work, but also to exert efforts in order to serve with integrity.”
Commissioner Pondoc also discouraged his audience from doing business with untrustworthy groups or individuals while encouraging them to pursue maintaining the culture of integrity within the Commission and among COA Employees. Also discussed during the program were the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Officials and Employees, the Revised Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for COA Officials and Employees, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and other laws pertaining to good governance.
Participants and Subject Matter Experts posed for a picture during the Course Design and Development Writeshop in Financial Audit held on 19-27 August 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
As part of the sustainability initiatives of the Long-Term Association of South East Asian Nations Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI) Programme on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) Implementation, the ASEANSAI Training Committee chaired by the Commission on Audit, conducted the Course Design and Development Writeshop (CDDW) in Financial Audit for Instructors on 19-27 August 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The program aims to advance the knowledge of ASEANSAI auditors in financial audit and empower them to align their national standards with the ISSAIs.
Four ASEANSAI-accredited ISSAI Facilitators on Financial Audit from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar, and one financial auditor from SAI Philippines were trained as course designers. With guidance of the Subject Matter Experts from the Swedish National Office and mentors from the ASEANSAI Training Committee, courseware on specific financial audit topics such as Audit Documentation, Audit Evidence, Analytical Procedures, and Reporting was designed and developed.
The courseware consists of six training sessions to link the planning phase to the execution and reporting phases of the financial audit process. Upon approval, the courseware will be used and delivered in the proposed Financial Audit Workshop that will be conducted in April 2020.
Participants of the eLearning course in action during the design writeshop held on 25-26 July, 1-2, 5-9 August 2019 at the Professional and Institutional Development Sector.
To enhance the knowledge and skills of auditors on basic Information Technology (IT) audit, the Commission on Audit (COA) Professional and Institutional Development Sector, through the Professional Development Office, and in collaboration with the Systems and Technical Services Sector, launched the first eLearning Course on IT Audit on 9 September 2019.
The eLearning course on IT Audit, which will run from 9 September to 25 October 2019, is part of the Commission’s initiative to leverage the use of technology for learning. The course introduces concepts in data analysis to enable COA auditors to understand and perform data analysis and provides insight on how to extract, transform, and analyze data using tools like Microsoft Excel and SQL.
The Province of Bulacan awarded Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo with the 2019 Gawad Dangal ng Lipi, an award given to exceptional sons and daughters of Bulacan. The awarding ceremony was held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in Malolos, Bulacan on 15 September 2019.
Chairperson Aguinaldo was cited for his exceptional contributions and achievements in the public and private sectors: “Dahil sa kanyang tapat na paglilingkod ng may paninindigan at walang kinikilingan ay maituturing siyang huwaran ng isang tunay na lingkod bayan na siyang bumubuhay sa tiwala ng mamamayan sa Sistema at integridad ng pamahalaan.”
Governor Daniel R. Fernando of Bulacan presents the Gawad Dangal ng Lipi to Commission on Audit Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo on 15 September 2019 at Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, Malolos City. They were accompanied by Vice-Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Chairman Herminio S. Esguerra of Dangal ng Bulacan Foundation, Inc.
Class picture of the 2019 SEDP graduates with (seated from right to the left) Assistant Commissioner Alexander B. Juliano, Commissioner Jose A. Fabia, Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, and Assistant Commissioners Elizabeth S. Zosa, Winnie Rose H. Encallado, and Luz L. Tolentino taken at the COA Professional Development Center Auditorium on 29 August 2019.
The Commission on Audit held its 28th Senior Executive Development Program (SEDP) graduation ceremony for 49 COA senior executives coming from different batches/classes who had successfully defended their policy papers from 2017 to August 2019. Attended by the COA officials and families of the candidates for SEDP graduation, the simple ceremony was held at the COA Professional Development Center Auditorium on 29 August 2019.
Members of the Commission Proper (CP) headed by Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, together with Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Roland C. Pondoc, graced the event to congratulate and give their inspirational messages to the graduates. The members of the CP said the wealth of ideas that could be harnessed from the pool of policy papers will be very useful for COA as it can be used to craft new policies and kick-start further studies.
Chairperson Aguinaldo thanked and congratulated the graduates. He said, "Part of the graduates' pledge is to be a change agent as you have seen areas that really needs change. Rest assured that your proposed policy papers will be acted on sooner or later."