Commissioner Roland Café Pondoc was nominated to the Commission on Audit (COA) by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on February 6, 2018 and was confirmed unanimously by the Commission on Appointments (CA) on March 14, 2018, for a term of seven (7) years expiring on February 2, 2025. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Lawyer, Commissioner Pondoc concentrated his love for education as teacher of his alma mater, the University of Mindanao - Davao City, for 22 years, while practicing both of his professions.
Commissioner Pondoc served as a professor in the Colleges of Accountancy, Business Administration, Law, Criminology and the Graduate Studies of the said institution from 1994 to 2016. He was an Assistant Dean of the College of Law and also served as Director of the Office of the Student Affairs. Commissioner Pondoc’s exceptional work as an educator was recognized by his Alma Mater which awarded him the Golden Harvest Awards for being an Outstanding Professor in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. In 2018 he was bestowed with an Institutional Award as Commissioner of COA, the highest award given to its outstanding alumni. While in the academe, he also served his co-employees being the President of the UM Employees Cooperative for six (6) consecutive years, from 2005 until 2011, and later became a Member of the Board of Directors of diverse Davao City-based Cooperatives. Aside from being a professor, he served as a CPA Reviewer at different Review Centers in Davao City.
He was also a National Awardee as an Outstanding Business Educator in the Field of Accountancy in the years 2004 and 2011 as conferred by the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business (PCDEB) and by the Petron Foundation. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Tambuli Award as Most Outstanding Alumnus, the highest award granted by the UM Alumni Association, Inc. Moreover, he became a National Awardee of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for four (4) times: as Most Outstanding CPA in Education in 2008; as Most Outstanding PICPA Member in 2009; as Most Outstanding PICPA Chapter President in 2015; and as Most Outstanding CPA in Government in 2018, as conferred during its Annual National Conventions.
Before focusing in the academe, he worked for private companies: as Accountant of the Tri-Star Corporation, as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Eden Corporation, and also as Data Controller of Jesus V. Ayala Management Corporation, right after his graduation in 1988 at the age of 19. After he decided to resign from his full-time work in the academe, he decided to concentrate his time to public service. Commissioner Pondoc joined the government service in 2014 as full-time Legal Officer of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), of which he also provided free legal services to indigent patients of the said hospital.
Prior to his nomination to COA, Commissioner Pondoc was appointed as the Assistant Executive Secretary (AES) in the Office of the President on September 1, 2016. He was assigned as the Assistant Deputy Director General for the Administration, Logistics and Finance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2017 National Organizing Council, for the entire period of the Philippine Hosting of the ASEAN 2017 Summits and Related Meetings. He was directly in charge of all the logistic requirements of each conducted meeting regardless of its location in the country, and the number of foreign and local delegates involved. He was also in charge of carefully and critically monitoring the proper utilization of the budget intended for the said events. As a result of his dedication and contributions toward the successful Philippine Chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 Hosting, Commissioner Pondoc was recognized in Malacañan Palace and became the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Citation conferred by no less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Commissioner Pondoc finished his primary education from the University of Immaculate Conception (formerly ICC) and the Rizal Memorial Colleges in 1980, and finished his secondary education from the Davao City National High School (formerly DCHS) in 1984. He was a magna cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting in 1988. He obtained his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1997, and his Bachelor of Laws in 2001 as a recipient of an Achiever’s Award. He is also a Licensed Real Estate Appraiser, and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Commissioner Pondoc is married to Gilen Noval Pondoc, a Registered Nurse, and they are blessed with two loving sons, namely, Ralph Albert and Roice William.