Officials of the Commission on Audit (COA) welcome civil society delegates of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan during a learning visit in the country from 25 to 27 June 2018. They discussed the design and implementation of the COA’s Citizen Participatory Audit program.
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo receives a certificate of appreciation from the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (ACIIA) after the plenary session held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City on 21-22 June 2018. ACIIA was represented by (from left) ACIIA Public Sector Forum for Internal Auditors Chairperson Helen T. de Guzman, Association of Government Internal Auditors President Josie Jane C. Ablir and Institute of Internal Auditors - Philippines Chairman and President Joseph Ian M. Canlas.
(From left to right) Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, 7th district of Cavite Congressman Abraham N. Tolentino, COA Regional Office IV-A Director Mario G. Lipana, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region IV-A Director Samson L. Hebra during the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the COA International Training Center in Tagaytay City on 21 June 2018.
COA participants at the Technical Evaluation of Infrastructure Project workshop after their successful training held at the Professional and Institutional Development Sector on 20 June 2018.
International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board Chairperson Ian Carruthers (far right) accepts a token from Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc while COA Assistant Commissioner for the Government Accountancy Sector Lourdes M. Castillo and Board of Accountancy Chairperson Joel L. Tan-Torres look on during the forum on public sector accounting and financial reporting held on 31 May 2018 at the COA Professional Development Center Auditorium.
(From left to right) Royal Audit Authority (RAA) of Bhutan Assistant Auditor General Dorji Wangchuk, Ms. Sharon C. Contarciego, Ms. Ma. Theresa S. Alfanza, RAA Bhutan Senior Dzongkha Coordinator Namgay Lhendup, RAA Bhutan Senior Audit Officer Tashi Lhamo, COA Assistant Commissioner Luz L. Tolentino, RAA Bhutan Deputy Auditor General Prem Mani Pradhan, RAA Bhutan Program Officer Kangchen Karma, Ms. Arlexandria Louise F. Cariño of the Office of the COA Commissioner, RAA Bhutan Assistant Auditor General Kencho Dorji, and RAA Bhutan Program Officer Sangay Tenzin during RAA officials’ study visit on 30 May 2018.
Commission on Audit (COA) officials welcome students from the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance during their study visit on 22 May 2018
Ms. Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Chief of Party, Integrity for Investments Initiative, Philippines, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), receives a certificate of appreciation from the Commission on Audit presented by COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, COA Commissioner Jose A. Fabia, and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc during the close-out ceremony for USAID’s Integrity for Investments Initiative (i3)
COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo signs the Internal Auditing Standards for the Philippine Public Sector (IASPPS) with Philippine Application Guidelines (PAG) and Internal Control Standards for the Philippine Public Sector (ICSPPS) during the launch of the Standards at the Commission on Audit on 12 April 2018. Witnesses to the signing are COA Commissioners Jose A. Fabia and Roland C. Pondoc and officials of the Association of Government Internal Auditors and Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines.
President Benigno S. Aquino III meets with COA Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza and her staff at the Malacañan Palace on November 2, 2015. Commissioner Mendoza and her team paid a courtesy call to the President before the Commissioner flies to New York, United States of America to assume her new post as head of the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services. (picture sourced from the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines)
Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Heidi L. Mendoza, who was recently named Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), said that she will continue to pray for the Commission and asked COAns to continue serving with integrity.
“Patuloy po akong magdarasal para sa Commission at sana po ay patuloy tayong magdasal ng sama-sama. Nagawa po nating ipakita na mas masarap maglingkod nang mayroong dangal,” Commissioner Mendoza said after what may be her last attendance at a flag ceremony as COA Commissioner.
“I think more than four years and six months with you are more than enough to thank you for all of your support and assistance, especially for those who have toed the line when it was most difficult. Thank you very much for walking with us in a way that we know is the best for the Commission,” she said.
Commissioner Mendoza also expressed gratitude to former Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan and current Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Jose A. Fabia and Commissioner Rowena Guanzon as well as COA officials and her staff at the Office of the Commissioner.
She asked COAns to continue to treat each other as family and to support each other. “As an office let us be proud of what each one of us has and continuously work and pray together for the Commission and the country,” she added.
Commissioner Mendoza is expected to begin her term as head of the UN OIOS on November 15, 2015. The UN General Assembly unanimously approved on October 13, 2015 the appointment made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who had earlier announced his intention to appoint Commissioner Mendoza as the new Under Secretary General for Internal Oversight Services for a five-year non-renewable term. The OIOS is the internal oversight body of the UN that provides audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo addresses COA officials during the second day of the Strategic Performance Management System workshop.
The Commission on Audit (COA) held a briefing and workshop on the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), a new performance review system that seeks to link individual performance with organizational goals.
Around 190 COA officials and personnel participated in the workshop held in the SAADO Auditorium from September 9 to 11, 2015.
The COA SPMS is developed to comply with the civil service requirement directing all agencies to establish a new Performance Evaluation and Appraisal System that reflects how employee performance has contributed or hindered organizational effectiveness.
Aside from increasing awareness on the SPMS, the workshop also aimed to foster discussions on the steps and procedures to be undertaken during the various stages of SPMS cycle and prepare focal persons in cascading the SPMS in their respective regions/offices.
Chairman Michael G. Aguinaldo pushed for a system that will encourage each individual employee to meet his or her own targets instead of promoting unhealthy competition against fellow office workers.
Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo shakes hands with Northern Samar Governor Jose L. Ong after the signing of a deed of donation for a parcel of land in Barangay Dalakit, Catarman which is the proposed site for a Provincial Satellite Audit Office..
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo lauded personnel of COA Regional Office No. VIII for having one hundred percent accomplishment rate in Annual Audit Reports for 2014 despite constraints in physical and other support facilities resulting from destruction by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The original regional office had six buildings but after Typhoon Yolanda struck the province, only two remained and only one has been refurbished. COA auditors there hold office in what used to be their canteen.
“Despite all the challenges, despite the fact that you have to work in a single building, despite the fact that some of you are working without computers or laptops because they were part of those that were damaged, you were still able to come out with your reports on time,” Chairperson Aguinaldo said.
“If people in that area who have suffered a lot were still able to do their jobs, then it tells that there is no reason for others not to be able to do their jobs as well,” he added.
Chairperson Aguinaldo and Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza, and Jose A. Fabia recently visited COA Regional Office VIII, Candahug, Palo, Leyte to hold a Commission Proper (CP) meeting and dialogue with regional personnel.
Speaking for the first time to office personnel in Leyte, Chairperson Aguinaldo affectionately addressed everyone as “kapamilya” and “kapuso” and updated them on the strategic plan for the next seven years. Chairperson Aguinaldo said he expects auditors not only to recommend measures on the efficient use of public funds but also to educate agency personnel on the correct use of public funds.
Commissioner Mendoza encouraged auditors to look forward to the good things happening in COA instead of focusing on the negative aspect like lack of manpower. She advised auditors “na ingatan at iwasto ang paggamit ng kapangyarihan.” She likewise spoke about the sincerity of the new Chairman and went further by saying, “mabait si Chairman, dapat mas mabait kayo.”