COA Urging Citizens To Participate In Open Gov’t Audit Process

MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Audit (COA) will tap citizens help to ensure a more transparent and open audit process.

COA Chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan said that this year, the 113-year-old Commission on Audit of the Philippines (COA) takes on the novel challenge of more transparency and accountability in the public audit process through its key reform initiative - the Citizen Participatory Audit or CPA.

The CPA Project is a major undertaking of the independent auditing body under the leadership of Tan.

"As the state's supreme audit institution, we have a duty to the public. But we also recognize that citizens are a key stakeholder in what the government does, and in what COA does," Tan said.

"To increase awareness that a vigilant and involved citizenry promotes greater accountability, special audit teams with both COA auditors and average citizens will conduct value-for-money or performance audits of selected government programs," she said.

Tan said this joint initiative of the COA and non-profit intermediary group Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) is a two-year project implemented with fund support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).