COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was guest speaker during the induction ceremony for the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers 2020 National Officers and Directors held on 18 January 2020 at Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and AMA University Chairman Dr. Amable R. Aguiluz V sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the provision of scholarship programs to employees of the Commission on 20 January 2020.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with COA Officials during the Strategic Planning held at the Professional Development Center on 11 February 2020.
Former Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, Director Fortunata M. Rubico and Director Jonathan B. Beltran join resource persons from the Climate Change Commission during the Gender and Climate Change Orientation for the Commission on Audit on 3 to 4 March 2020.
Dr. Reynaldo O. Samson, from the Philippine National Police, discusses National Security, Local Security and Company Physical Security during the Symposium on Public Safety and Personal Security on 2 March 2020 at PIDS Auditorium.
Participants of the Advance Performance Audit Course held at the Professional Development Center on 10 February 2020.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and COA Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with Calamba Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr., Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and COA Regional Office IV-A Director Mario G. Lipana lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office in Calamba, Laguna on 11 February 2020.
The Commission on Audit (COA) Gender and Development Focal Point System (GFPS) held a virtual briefing on the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) Pan 2019-2025, the enhanced Gender and Development (GAD) Plan, Budget, and Accomplishment Information System (GPBAIS), the status on the FY 2022 GPB of COA and other matters, via CISCO Webex application on 13 October 2021.
A total 464 COA GFPS officers and members from the Central and Regional Offices led by COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc and Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico, Chairperson of the COA GFPS Technical Working Group, attended the briefing.
Opening the program, Commissioner Pondoc called attention to how women are adversely affected by the ongoing pandemic with more women losing their jobs compared to men and the prevalence of a “shadow” pandemic in which more women fall victim to various forms of violence. He emphasized COA’s commitment to the campaign to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. He also reminded participants that “we are stronger when we work together” in the achievement of shared goals.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo emphasized the importance of accountability and ensuring that government managers have carried out their fiscal responsibility properly and effectively as he discussed the constitutional mandate of the COA at a webinar hosted by the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU) – Graduate School held on 09 October 2021 via Google Meet.
The webinar with the theme “The Commission on Audit: Ensuring the Integrity and Accountability in Government Services and Building Resiliency towards the COVID-19 Pandemic” was attended by post graduate students and professors of the NDDU.
Commission on Audit (COA) Assistant Commissioner Luzvi P. Chatto, head of the Commission’s Administration Sector, was reappointed as member of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB).
Operating under the auspices of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the IPSASB works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities.
Appointees to the IPSASB are selected following a rigorous nominations and interview process involving the IFAC Nominating Committee and IPSASB leadership, overseen by the Public Interest Committee.
“I am grateful for the confidence shown by the IFAC and IPSASB leadership. I feel that my reappointment is a recognition not only of my skills but also of the competence and dedication of the officials and auditors of the Commission who worked together to harmonize Philippine Public Sector Accounting and Auditing Standards with international standards and best practices. Rest assured that we will continue to support the enhancement of these Standards,” said Assistant Commissioner Chatto.
A recipient of the Commission’s Gawad Bilang Katangi-tanging Pinuno in CY 2021, Assistant Commissioner Chatto led COA’s Government Accountancy Sector in the continuous evaluation of the applicability of new and updated IPSAS and their adoption and implementation in the Philippine public sector. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group on Government ePayment and eReceipt Project in which she actively participates in the review of policies on payments and collections of the government through electronic means. She supervised the development, implementation, enhancement and capacity building on the use of computerized systems on accounting and financial reporting, budgeting and auditing for use by various government agencies, including the Electronic New Government Accounting System (eNGAS) and electronic Budget (eBudget) System.
Meanwhile, IPSASB announced that, for the first time, it will have a majority female Board with ten women and eight men beginning 1 January 2022. IPSASB also said its geographic diversity will also increase with new members from China and Saudi Arabia.
“The IPSASB is leading the way with a majority female Board for 2022,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers in a news release. “Diversity of Board membership is essential to ensure the delivery of high-quality standards that can strengthen public financial management globally. The appointment of new members from the Asia and Middle East regions will also be important to ensuring that our outputs meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of users,” he added.
Aside from Assistant Commissioner Chatto, Ms. Lynn Pamment of the United Kingdom is also reappointed to the Board. The four new Board members are Mr. Abdullah Al-Mehthil, Saudi Arabia, Ms. Claudia Beier, Switzerland, Mr. Maik Esser-Müllenbach, Germany and Ms. Liang Yang, China.