BORONGAN, January 19, 2018–The Commission on Audit will soon have its own satellite auditing office in the province.
Acting Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal and COA Asst. Commissioner Delfin Aguilar led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building, which will rise in a 2,000 sq. meter lot donated by the provincial government.
Aguilar said that they approached the provincial government thru Gov. Conrado Nicart Jr about their proposal early last year which led to the approval af the deed of donation/MOA for the lot which is located in the capitol compound.
Aguilar further said that constructing their own building is in line with the agency’s efforts to transfer auditors from the field or audited agencies to the Provincial Satellite Auditing office, to maintain their independence and to have their own identity as an office. But even if they will be moving out from their audited agencies, Aguilar said that “we will always support their programs and plans”.
He reminded their employees that “we are independent but we are also guardian angels of our audited agencies. COA audits and recommend measures to improve the operations of a particular government agency”.
Once finished, the PSAO building will be the fourth in region 8. It will be constructed at a cost of P35M, and is expected to be done in six months. (Eden Cidro/Este News)