(Left to right) PICPA National President Dominador Barrion, COA Chairman Michael G. Aguinaldo, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina and BOA Chairman Joel Tan Torres.
PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Through Citizenry Participatory Audit (CPA), the Philippine Institute of Certified Public AccountantS (PICPA) has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Commission on Audit (COA) and Bureau of Customs (BoC) to help push transparency and accountability in government agencies.
The MOA signing was part of the recent PICPA 70th Annual National Convention in Palawan.
Signatories to the MOA were PICPA national president Dominador Barrion, COA chair Michael G. Aguinaldo, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina and Board of Accountancy Chairman Joel Tan-Torres.
COA is mandated by law to ensure that accountability is promoted in government operations through the audit systems and transactions.
“The Citizenry Participatory Audit program aims to enhance the transparency in government operations as well as public accountability through COA’s collaboration with citizen groups, recognizing the importance of civil society as essential development partners. We believed PICPA will help us in the process,” Aguinaldo said during the MOA signing program.
Barrion said it was the first time that BoC entered into an agreement with a private sector to participate in auditing of its revenue and assessment.
“We are proud to be part of this historic event of institutionalizing reforms in BoC,” Barrion said, adding that PICPA will allow its accountants and ensure they undertake audit in accordance with COA’s work program, rules and regulations and audit standards.
Lina, for his part, assured his office will extend the necessary support for the citizenry participatory audit. He added the BoC will provide all official records and documents for auditing purposes.