Outstanding audit performance recognized

Published: 10 June 2022

The Commission on Audit (COA) recognized COA officials and employees for their outstanding audit performance as well as excellent work ethic and loyalty at the annual Salutes the Best program on 5 May 2022 as one of the highlights of the 123rd COA anniversary celebration.

The audit team composed of Auditors Marilou P. Sumcad, Famela L. Manibog, and Jessy James B. Briones of COA Regional Office No. VI was awarded the Gawad Kahusayan for outstanding performance. The Audit team took the initiative in overseeing the extent of implementation of the DAO No. 2004-24 dated 24 August 2004 which provides for policies and guidelines in the management of foreshore areas under the jurisdiction of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO), Capiz and in the enforcement of its provisions for the collection of rental/occupancy fees from the occupants who operate businesses at the coastal areas of Roxas City and three municipalities in the Province of Capiz. The team emphasized the uncollected annual rental fees aggregating to P35.774 million in estimated uncollected rental fees from CY 2013 to CY 2019 and later resulted to total collections amounting to ₽21,709,720.15 for CY 2021 alone which is way above the average annual collections. The breakthrough in the financial operations of PENRO-Capiz has paved the way towards a more aggressive campaign launched by the agency in order to generate sufficient income to sustain future developments of foreshore areas to benefit future generations without being solely dependent upon the support of the national government.

The Gawad Karangalan Level II was conferred on Mr. Gerald M. Mendeja of the Information Technology Office, Administration Sector. Mr. Mendeja spearheaded the development of various information and application systems in support to the operation of the different offices in the Commission, including the COA Project Reporting of Infrastructure Schedule Monitoring System (PRISM) which is an application designed for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of different government infrastructure projects through different platforms such as web and mobile. PRISM was the entry of the Commission to the Hackathon BPK Competition held by the Audit Board of Indonesia with the theme “Hack for Accountability and Transparency.” Mr. Mendeja led the COA team which won first place at the professional level of the said competition.

Assistant Commissioner Fortunata M. Rubico, the Commission’s General Counsel and head of the Legal Services Sector, was the recipient of the Gawad Bilang Katangi-tanging Pinuno. Assistant Commissioner Rubico tirelessly introduced improvements in the processes of various offices and sectors she was designated to lead, including making substantial reduction of the Legal Affairs Office’s inventory of pending cases from 2019 below and development of the COA Order of Execution Management Information System for easy monitoring of disallowances and to facilitate the reporting of settlement of disallowances and charges issued by the Commission. She was also one of the prime movers of the COA Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System and it was during her leadership that COA received the Bronze Award in the 2018 GADtimpala Awards Philippine Commission on Women in recognition of the Commission’s significant contributions to gender equality and women empowerment especially by ensuring the judicious use GAD funds in the bureaucracy.

Career Development Incentive Awards were also given to Atty. Abdul Nassif M. Faisal of Cluster 6, Corporate Government Sector and Atty. Vic Raymond C. Cagaanan of COA Regional Office No. VII. Atty. Faisal is a graduate of Master of Public Administration (MPA) with Merit (High) – Upper Second Class Honors through a Chevening Scholarship at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He completed the course in a period of one year, from September 2018- September 2019. On the other hand, Atty. Cagaanan obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) in May 2021 and conferred cum laude during the USJR’s 110th virtual Commencement Exercises in October 2021.

Ms. Helen S. Hilayo, former state auditor of the COA Regional Office No. VII, was named Most Productive Retiree. Ms. Hilayo has served the Commission for 35 years from June 1976 and retired on December 2011. Upon retirement, she is serving as an evangelical servant leader and was appointed an Internal Auditor of the Shrine of Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation in Cebu City.

Meanwhile, the Commission also recognized 109 loyalty milestone awardees from the Central and Regional Offices:


Honorees for Loyalty Milestone Incentive – Central Offices
Name Sector Cluster/Region
Evangelista, Venisia Peñaflor Administration Sector General Services Office
Garma, Danilo Juan
Tiongson, Arnel Lapuz
Dael, Constancia Veronica Amaro Administration Sector Office of the Assistant Commissioner
Estarija, Godofreda Lelis Commission Proper Adjudication And Secretariat Support Services Sector Claims And Adjudication Office – CGS
Estacio, Wilson Balmoja Corporate Government Sector Cluster 1 – Banking and Credit
Valiao, Marita Briones Cluster 2 – Social Security Services and Housing
Villamor, Ma. Isabel Caceres
Viloria, Jocelyn Tinio
Chan, Cecilia Natanauan Cluster 4 – Industrial and Area Development
Uson, Nona Alcaide
Aguilar, Estrellita Morante National Government Sector Cluster 1 – Executive Offices
Abellera, Liza Landicho Cluster 3 – Legislative, Judiciary and Constitutional Offices
Atienza, Ma. Aquilla Cinco
Cruz, Emelita Rigodon
Ramos, Pearl Lacerna
Sabandal, Basilisa Murillo
Villanueva, Amelita Vicente
Laurente, Marilyn Roxas Cluster 4 – Defense and Security
Montañano, Editha Paita
Padilla, Rosalinda Estrella
Sese, Melinda Grefaldeo Cluster 5 – Education and Employment
Dimaala, Alberto De Jesus Cluster 6 – Health and Science
Aquino, Norma Escritor Cluster 7 – Public Works, Transport and Energy
Cabasal, Maricor Calderon
Flores, Raymond Francisco
Coranez, Lourdes Bergonio Cluster 8 – Agriculture and Environment
Custodio, Aileen Satin
Sañosa, Rolando Enriquez
Angeles, Imelda Pitogo Planning, Finance and Management Sector Planning, Management and Budget Office
Coscos, Veronica Castor
Teruel, Lilia Joson
Fonacier, Carlos Cosme Professional and Institutional Development Sector Office of the Assistant Commissioner
Romero, Fred Sison Policy, Research and Institutional Development Office
Diaz, Adelaida Soriano Quality Assurance Office
Andriano, Leona Avestruz Special Services Sector Special Audit Office
Tamondong, Roberto Conejos Systems and Technical Services Sector Information Technology Audit Office
Marcelo, Agnes Asuncion Systems Consultancy Services Office
Paner, Teresita Almeda Local Government Sector National Capital Region
Santos, Josefina Lapiz


Honorees for Loyalty Milestone Incentive – Regional Offices
Name Region
Salic, Mimbalawag Macapodi Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Valdopiera, Magdalene Teo
Ancheta, Cecilia Gallardo Cordillera Administrative Region
Garcia, Shalymar Muyargas
Austria, Violeta Peralta Regional Office No. I
Blanco, Pedro Baldomar
Bravo, Elizabeth Aquino
Escaño, Rosa Marietta Jarillo
Espiritu, Joventino Ladia
Felix, Elvira Javier
Lorenzo, Rosalina Romero
Maximo, Elma Lorenzo
Pajara, Teresita Alipio
Ordillos, Ma Iluminada Turingan Regional Office No. II
Verbo, Norma Gudasen
Castro, Ester Dimalanta Regional Office No. III
Dungca, Myra Pamintuan
Flores, Ma. Lerna Ignacio
Guevarra, Elizabeth Reyes
Laxamana, Chona Panlilio
Palec, Carmen Mendoza
Ramos, Laila Gueco
Torres, Flordeliza Dizon
Arcoirez, Flora Hernandez Regional Office No. IV-A (CALABARZON)
Eco, Marciano Coballes Jr
Estremos, Athena Norombaba
Facundo, Editha Bautista
Guevara, Lorna Lejarso
Macaraig, Amor Dapul
Maderazo, Paulita Garcia
Mateo, Maribel Samson
Paglicauan, Norma Dinglasan
Robles, Jocelyn Perez
Valero, Judith Fajardo
Ante, Jocelyn Braña Regional Office No. IV-B (MIMAROPA)
Minano, Virginia Montojo
Reyes, Grace Damaso
Pama, Evangelina Barreto Regional Office No. V
Froilan, Bernadette Zamora Regional Office No. VII
Jugan, Ma Pilarcita Alma Caballero
Alvarez, Ma. Lourdes Matondo Regional Office No. VIII
Apa, Ann Timola
Barrot, Angelo Villordon
Claridad, Benecio Martinez
Cojuangco, Editha Redona
Del Puerto, Imelda Basada
Diorico, Marietta Villarmino
Galapon, Liwayway Mariano
Pariña, Valente Bautista
Sudario, Nilo Mercado
Tiauzon, Elvira Ramirez
Villanueva, Salvacion Corbilla
Abella, Remelia Hashim Regional Office No. IX
Arellano, Florencefane Jangad
Bello, Clarita Belarmino
Enriquez, Ronniel Buenbrazo
Patangan, Ma. Gudelia Quinalayo
Arbon, Othella Gonzales Regional Office No. X
Labitad, Maryville Soledad
Ofngol, Myrna Barcenas
Pontillas, Cecilia Agosto
Suralta, Godardo Cuaresma
Confesor, Saylas De La Vega Regional Office No. XI
Cloma, Donato Alas Regional Office No. XII
Ferenal, Catherine Aguirre
Tuesca, Benjamin Quiambao Jr
Fortu, Elita Buenaflor Regional Office No. XVI – Negros Island
Pakilit, Violeta Samson
Ysola, Nectarinia Remoto

Congratulations to all the awardees! #