Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo together with other guest speakers during the Public Accounting Summit Against Corruption held at the Diamond Hotel, Manila on 09 December 2019.
Former Assistant Commissioner Lourdes M. Castillo, now a gender and development (GAD) consultant of COA, and Director Fortunata M. Rubico, Chairperson of the COA GAD Focal Point System, join officials of the Philippine Commission on Women and delegates from Thailand’s Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development and Budget Bureau during a study visit on gender responsive budgeting in the Philippines on 16 October 2019.
International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) Chair Ian Carruthers (center) with IPSASB representatives Ross Smith and David Watkins join COA officials and auditors after the Forum on International Public Sector Accounting Standards Updates on 10 October 2019.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Jose A. Fabia, and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with other COA Officials receive the Bronze award for the GADtimpala 2018 conferred by the Philippine Commission on Women on 14 August 2019. The award recognizes COA’s significant contributions to gender equality and women empowerment especially in ensuring the judicious use of gender and development funds.
COA Officials and employees with the participants of the 11th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Committee on Knowledge Sharing & Knowledge Service (KSC) held at Clark, Pampanga from 12-14 June 2019.
Officials of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines confer on COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo the degree of Doctor in Public Administration, honoris causa, on 23 April 2019.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo leads COA officials and employees during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Batangas Provincial Satellite Auditing Office on 23 April 2019.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was the Guest of Honor at the 4th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard Logistics Systems Command on 23 April 2019.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo is conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Chairman of the Board of Regents, Dr. Benjamin I. Espiritu, and University President, Dr. Ma. Leonora V. De Jesus, during the university’s 51st Commencement Exercise held at the Philippine International Convention Center on 27 March 2019.
The Commission on Audit (COA) renewed its commitment to women empowerment as the focus of the theme for the national celebration of Women’s Month: We Make Change Work for Women to highlight empowered women not only as active contributors but also claimholders of gender and development (GAD).
The Philippine Commission on Women identified this theme for the celebration of National Women’s Month until 2022.
“Women are empowered when they become part of the decision-making process. In the Commission, more than 5,000 women or around 62% occupy second level positions. More than their actual positions, however, women and men have equal opportunities to take control not only in the work environment but also in their personal lives through our various programs to improve work and family life balance, physical fitness and emotional well-being,” observed Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo.
The Chairperson also emphasized the auditor’s role in making change work for women by ensuring that GAD funds are properly spent and that GAD programs implemented by government reach their objectives.
COA officials, athletes and personnel sing the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the celebration of National Women’s Month on 26 February 2019.
Commissioner Jose A. Fabia noted that 85% of all of the awardees in last year’s COA Salutes the Best program were all women, a testament that COA’s GAD programs have been effective in empowering women.
Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Jose A. Fabia emphasized the role of audit in governance at the Philippine Council of Deans and Educators in Business (PCDEB)’s 118th Founding Anniversary held at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel on 22 February 2019. PCDEB’s anniversary theme was "Bringing Business Education in a Transformative Era."
Commissioner Fabia said audit ensures accountability which plays a major role in governance.
"For you to be accountable, there is always a system of accountability that is inside your own institutions which you submit every year to the Securities and Exchange Commission. If you're in government, on the other hand, you are also accountable and your accountability is measured and examined by the Commission on Audit," Commissioner Fabia pointed out.
Commissioner Fabia detailed the role of COA in the audit of government funds, explaining the various audits COA performs and the quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial powers of COA to make sure that there is accountability in the government. He also described the role of the Commission Proper in promulgating rules and regulations for accounting and auditing that is in accordance with international standards and said that COA has to determine the checks and balances within the organization to make sure that there is good governance existing in all government agencies. "We have to make sure that all officials in government who hold money and make decisions about money are accountable for the money that they spent," Commissioner Fabia added.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo was awarded by the Ateneo Professional Schools and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. with the 2019 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance, an annual award given to distinguished servant leaders for their exceptional contributions and achievements in the public and private sectors.
The awarding ceremony was held at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium at Rockwell Center, Makati City on 22 February 2019 where Chairperson Aguinaldo delivered his professorial lecture “Transparency, Accountability and the Rule of Law: Boon or Bane to Government Initiatives.”
“Transparency, accountability and the rule of law are fundamental conditions of good governance in the public sector. These are in place not solely to fight against corruption but also to improve government functioning and create a positive social, political and economic climate for the populace,” said Chairperson Aguinaldo.
Chairperson Aguinaldo noted that there are instances where inconsistent or unreasonable interpretation implementation of laws and rules become constraints to government programs, hindering officials in decision making and creating a “chilling effect” on government officials.
“Both laws and rules and government action are just parts of the process of achieving the objectives of the promotion of the common good, the conservation and development of national patrimony and securing the blessings of independence and democracy. Consequently, there is a need to strike a balance and recognize the idea of interdependence as means to achieve this end,” Chairperson Aguinaldo observed.