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.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan said working with COAns in spite of the difficulties and bringing about changes in governance was the biggest fulfillment of her career in the Commission.
Speaking before the COA family during the lighting of the Christmas tree to start the COA Christmas season on December 4, 2014, Chairperson Pulido Tan said “The biggest fulfillment of my having been with you in the COA is the thought that at some point in my life and yours, we came together, to work together though all the hardships and constraints and to have been able to see very palpable changes in government, the civil service and politics.”
Chairperson Pulido Tan reminded COAns that more needs to be done to consolidate the gains and institutionalize the reforms she begun and expressed hope that COA will overcome whatever difficulties and hurdles in the long journey towards the destination.
“If the three years and nine months are any gauge, then we can rest assured that, kung sa maganda ang tatahakin nating landas, nothing will derail us if we put our complete trust in God and in ourselves,” the Chairperson said.
Chairperson Pulido Tan added that she is not looking for any legacy since the time she spent with COAns are enough for her and that she will leave with a glad heart knowing that Commissioners Heidi L. Mendoza and Jose A. Fabia will cooperate and work together towards the achievement of COA’s Vision and Mission.
The COA Christmas celebration includes a program for the kids of the COA Day Care Center and children of employees with Salary Grade 1-6 and job-order personnel; a lunch get-together and gift-giving with employees with Salary Grade 1-6 and job-order personnel; and a cultural program.
The team that conducted the special audit of the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG)- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) covering the period January 2008 to September 2009 won the Pag-asa award conferred by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The ORG-ARMM special audit team uncovered anomalies including fictitious procurements amounting to Ᵽ1.3 billion. Of that amount, transactions amounting to more than Ᵽ393 million were denied by alleged suppliers as having been contracted with them. Likewise, the other suppliers were not licensed or have questionable capability to supply the agency requirements.
The team was composed of Director Evelyn P. Reyes (over-all team supervisor), Director Elsielin C. Masangcay (team supervisor), Auditors Florefe S. Avila (team leader) and Grace T. De Castro (co-team leader), and Marilyn C. Bibat, Joselita G. Corteza, Gale Kathrine M. Hernandez and Dondon P. Marcos (team members).
“We are honored to receive such an award. While it is recognized that at some time or another, we are at risk in conducting our audits, it is still our responsibility to perform our work to the best that we can with honesty, integrity and independence,” said Director Reyes. “We feel that credit should also go to Assistant Commissioner Susan Garcia who was involved in the audit, accompanying the team in obtaining additional documents, conducting confirmation and project inspections in ARMM while she was director of the Special Audit Office,” she added.
As Pag-asa awardees, the team will receive a gold-gilded medallion and plaque as well as Ᵽ100,000 cash prize. The CSC confers the Pag-asa Award to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contributions resulting from an idea or performance which directly benefits more than one department of the government.
Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia M. Pulido Tan shared about the Philippine experience on Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA) at the South Asian Regional Virtual Learning Series of the World Bank Institute (WBI) on June 10, 2014.
Through video conferencing, Chairperson Pulido Tan discussed how the CPA was conceptualized, the ways by which non-government stakeholders engage in the audit process, and various joint capacity building activities undertaken by the COA. She presented before her counterparts in the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
“This is a priority program, founded on the premise that public accountability can prosper only with a vigilant citizenry,” Chairperson Pulido Tan said.
Chairperson Pulido Tan elaborated on some of the results of three pilot audits on the CAMANAVA Flood Control Project, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Barangay Health Centers, and the Solid Waste Management Project of Quezon City. She also gave inputs on the steps to institutionalize the program.
Through the CPA, audits are conducted with citizen representatives included in the team to educate citizens in the audit process and encourage vigilant participation in exacting government accountability. The audit is under the direct supervision and control of the COA.
Assistant Auditor General Mr. Babu Ram Gautam of Nepal also shared the roadmap of citizen engagement in Nepal focusing on how the process begun, the merits in citizen engagement and capacity support and platform collaboration.