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THE COA AS GUARDIAN ANGEL: Citizen Participation and Initiatives for Integrity

by Adelle Chua

August 20, 2015

 

Commission on Audit Chairman Atty. Michael Aguinaldo said he intends to refine people’s perception of the commission from being a watchdog to a guardian angel. 

Aguinaldo said this as he spoke in front of members of the Makati Business Club at an Integrity Initiative Forum, co-organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific, held August 20, 2015 at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.  Read more…

 

COA CHIEF SETS THE TONE

by Adelle Chua

August 10, 2015

 

A plan always starts with a question. 

 

Before an audience of more than 50 state auditors from 14 countries in Asia and Africa, Commission on Audit Chairman Atty. Michael Aguinaldo described the road map of the commission for the next seven years, focusing on answering key questions, determining strengths and identifying challenges before coming up with a concise list of priorities. Read more… 

 

SHOW AND TELL FOR SAIs

by Adelle Chua

August 10, 2015

 

Commissioner Heidi Mendoza had some interesting stories to tell her peers and counterparts from various Supreme Audit Institutions across 14 countries.

 

During the welcome dinner for the weeklong training on lending and borrowing audit frameworks, she took to the podium like a gracious host and talked about SAIs engaging their citizens in the pursuit of open government. Read more…

 

WRITESHOP LOOKS AT FORM AND SUBSTANCE OF CPA AUDIT REPORTS

 by Adelle Chua 

June 23, 2015

 

Six audit teams composed of COA auditors, COA engineers and citizen representatives finalized their audit reports during a two-day writeshop held June 17-18 at Empire Suites, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. 

 

The teams looked into various local government-administered farm to market roads across Palawan province, using geotagging technology, from January to March this year. Read more…

 

MIXING ESTABLISHED PRACTICES WITH DEMOCRATIC IDEALS: New COA Chief boards the CPA jeepney

 by Adelle Chua 

 May 9, 2015

 

The new chairman of the Commission on Audit has boarded the Citizen Participatory Audit vehicle, declaring his support to the project at the photo and video exhibit during the COA week celebration. Read more…

 

AN ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

 by Adelle Chua

 April 17, 2015

 

Political science teacher Anthony Badilla of Palawan  State University was in the process of organizing a half-day activity among his students. While surfing the Web, he had read about a new program called Citizen Participatory Audit, spearheaded by the Commission on Audit through partnership with a civil society organization. He thought it was a great, novel way of involving citizens in running the government. Read more…

 

STATE AUDITORS LEARN TO GEOTAG

 by Adelle Chua

 February 18, 2015

 

More than 50 auditors and engineers from Commission on Audit offices all over the country attended a geotagging seminar at the National Mapping Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) compound at the Fort Bonifacio Complex on February 16-18, 2015.

 

Geotagging, a tool using coordinates and global positioning, is the main mode by which the Citizen Participatory Audit will be conducted. The CPA’s second phase will look into farm-to-market roads in Palawan province, tourism roads in the Caraga region, and services in the education sector. Read more…

 

TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSPARENCY

by Adelle Chua
January 22, 2015

 

Noel Sta. Ines has been around. A civil engineer by training, he has worked with government, specifically with the Ministry of Local Governments and Community Development, in the 1980’s.  He then moved over to the Department of Public Works and Highway. It was in 1997 when he transferred to the development sector, as a procurement specialist with the World Bank. Read more…

 

THE FARMER AS AUDITOR

by Adelle Chua

December 14, 2014

 

Sitting against a backdrop of colorful “banderitas” on the walls of a conference room of the Puerto Princesa city hall, 51-year-old Danilo Java feels a mixture of dread and anticipation. Read more…

 

AN ENGINEER’S OPINION

by Adelle Chua

December 9, 2014

 

Seventy-seven year old Erlinda Go only heard about Citizen Participatory Audit on the morning of the workshop in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, when the president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – Palawan chapter asked her to attend it on his behalf.

 

Before the morning ended, she was completely sold. “Napakaganda ng programa (the program is very worthy),” she said. “I have very high expectations.” Read more…

 

PLANTING THE SEEDS

by Adelle Chua

December 9, 2014

 

Reniel Rocaberte and Hilda Gabuco are agricultural engineering students of Palawan State University. They were among the more than 80 participants who attended the geotagging workshop and capacity building seminar for Citizen Participatory Audit.  Read more…

 

A LOT LIKE MARRIAGE

Thirty-four-year old civil society representative Anthony “Tony” Septimo compares the collaboration between the Commission on Audit and citizen organizations to the commitment between married couples. 

 

Tony has been with many non-government organizations before. They have had some noteworthy engagement with government. But through all these, citizen groups have always taken the role of “watchdog.” Read more…

 

BEING A BRIGHT SPOT: Opening up government by getting citizens on board

 

What does it mean to be a “bright spot”? 

 

The Citizen Participatory Audit bagged the Bright Spots Award in the Open Government Partnership Summit held in London on October 31 to November 1 last year (2013). It’s a validation of the promise offered by the project undertaken by the Commission and Audit and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – East Asia and the Pacific. Read more…

 

MY GREAT DETOUR

 

Bienvenido “Bobo” Narciso had other plans – until he realized he was being set up for something else.

 

Upon graduating from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro in the early 1980s, I found myself at crossroads.

 

I was then looking forward to a business career with a big multi-national agricultural company in Bukidnon. I had known this company; some of my classmates’ parents worked here. I had seen the comfortable life it gave them. The executive houses provided for the families were something to be envied. I said to myself, I wanted that kind of life for myself and my future family, too. Read more…