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.
As the Commission on Audit celebrates its 121st Anniversary during these difficult and increasingly challenging times brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, I am greeting everyone with a meaningful and purposeful anniversary.
I would like to take this opportunity to call for unity amongst COAns to pray for those who are suffering, who have lost their loved ones and to heal as one as we hope that this crisis that brought enormous changes to our lives will soon come to pass. Let us also take this time to rest our bodies and minds, meditate and renew our faith for we have much work to do in the coming days.
The Commission continues to be a partner of our country's fight against the unseen enemy who has brought global fears about health, the financial situation, and safety. We are doing our part to help those in need and to continuously safeguard our country's coffers, especially those government funds intended to respond to the current pandemic. As there is much work to be done in auditing COVID-19 funds, I am calling on our auditors and everyone to remain vigilant and to perform our mandated duties without fear or favor.
I hope that everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to these challenges we are now facing.
On our 121st Anniversary, let us continue to support the government's fight against COVID-19. Stay safe and stay well.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc with Calamba Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr., Calamba City Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco and COA Regional Director Mario G. Lipana led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) for the Province of Laguna in Calamba City on 11 February 2020.
Chairperson Aguinaldo expressed his gratitude to the City Government of Calamba, noting the good relationships between the local government and the Commission in the delivery of public service, and in promoting interdependence among government agencies. He said COA empowers and enables government agencies to effectively and efficiently carry-out their mandates to their constituents. He also emphasized principles of pakikipag-usap at pakikipagtulungan between the Commission and government agencies to better deliver public services.
Commissioner Pondoc reiterated the Chairperson’s message, noting that the Commission is an enabler of auditees in good governance.
Meanwhile, Mayor Chipeco and Congressman Chipeco, Jr., said that the establishment of the Regional Government Center in Calamba where the PSAO will be located will bring basic services nearer to constituents and pledged to refurbish the surrounding area. Director Lipana and Assistant Director Maria Oliva V. Ortega expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the assistance provided by the City Government and the COA Commission Proper in the development of the PSAO.
Also in attendance was Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region IV-A Director Samson L. Hebra who commended the Commission in recognizing their role and assistance in the construction of the PSAO. The event was also attended by officials, auditors and personnel from the COA Central and Regional Offices and officials and personnel from the City Government of Calamba and DPWH Region IV-A.
Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Jose A. Fabia ended his term as Commissioner on 2 February 2020 following six successful years spearheading initiatives to enable COA become a more impactful organization.
Commissioner Fabia was appointed to COA on 2 May 2014 and was confirmed in record time by the Commission on Appointments without opposition from its members on 11 June 2014. He is a lawyer, entrepreneur and servant leader who has contributed effectively in the fields of public accountability, communications and healthcare.
The Commission held a celebration to honor the Commissioner held at the COA Sports and Cultural Complex on 30 January 2020.
Commissioner Jose A. Fabia is joined by his staff who presented him with a painting of their hand prints as a gift during his retirement celebration on 30 January 2020.
Recalling the time when he joined COA, Commissioner Fabia said he asked himself how he could gain the trust and respect of his fellow Commissioner, the Chairman, and COA officials and employees. “The only way to gain their respect is by competence, by transparency and by doing your job beyond the call of duty,” he noted.
Commissioner Fabia said he formed a friendship with his fellow Commission Proper members, who he noted are all strong and very intelligent men and women of the Commission. He noted that while they may not always agree with each other, they have the best interests of the country and the Commission in their hearts.
Commissioner Fabia also paid tribute to his wife who the Commissioner describes as a great partner who inspires and supports.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, former COA Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Isabel D. Agito, former Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires, Justice Reynaldo P. Cruz, National Labor Relations Commission Commissioner Joseph E. Mabilog, and former Presidential Communications Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma, Jr. were among the guests who joined COA officials and staff in paying tribute to Commissioner Fabia.
“Through the years, the Commissioner has been a great partner. I am grateful for his embrace of the philosophy that hindi lang dapat tayo naghahanap ng mali kundi dapat nagtuturo din tayo ng tama,” said Chairperson Aguinaldo.