Robredo's office gets top audit rating for 3rd straight year

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FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo gestures while speaking during a Reuters interview, at the Quezon City Reception House on December 12, 2016. (REUTERS/Ezra Acayan)
FILE PHOTO: Vice President Leni Robredo gestures while speaking during a Reuters interview, at the Quezon City Reception House on December 12, 2016. (REUTERS/Ezra Acayan)

Vice President Leni Robredo’s office got the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the third year in a row.

In a statement on Tuesday (June 29), the Office of the Vice President (OVP) said that state auditors gave an “unqualified opinion” on its financial report for the fiscal year 2020. Robredo’s office cited the Independent Auditor’s Report dated June 15.

An “unqualified opinion,” the best rating a government agency can receive from COA, means that an entity's financial statements adhere to generally accepted accounting principles, and they fairly represent the entity's financial account.

State auditors also gave the OVP an “unqualified opinion” for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Robredo credited her team for the consistently high audit ratings.

Itinuturing rin natin itong bunga ng pagsisikap ng OVP na siguruhing tumutupad ito sa rules and regulations ng mga oversight agencies, at pati na rin sa internal controls upang matiyak ang wastong paggastos ng pera ng bayan,” she said in a post on Facebook.

(Translation: We also consider it a result of the OVP’s efforts to ensure that it complies with the rules and regulations of the oversight agencies, as well as the internal controls to ensure the proper spending of public money.)

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Robredo also welcomed state auditors' findings and recommendations to strengthen the OVP's financial systems. “The OVP is also open to points for improvement we have received from state auditors. We will try to incorporate the recommendations into our ongoing initiatives to provide quality service to the public,” she said in Filipino.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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