Sumary of Ex-CoA exec urges people participation in audit of state funds:
- ENCOURAGING and educating ordinary citizens on government spending is important to protect state funds, a former official of the Commission on Audit (CoA) said on Saturday.
- In fact, former CoA commissioner Heidi Mendoza said this was what she has been spending her time on now that she has retired from government service.
- During the Archer Talks and Eagles Meet our Leaders Forum on Saturday, Mendoza shared some initiatives in promoting Citizen Participatory Audit (CPA).
- Speaking in Filipino, Mendoza said CPA is a priority program of the CoA that “recognizes the people’s primordial right to clean government and the prudent utilization of government funds”.
- The program also provides a “mechanism for collectively answering questions regarding the government’s efficient and effective use of public funds for projects and operational activities.
- ” Mendoza said she invited her fellow retired CoA auditors to go to the barangay (villages) and enlist their help because there is a lot of auditing to do.
- Mendoza said she created “Makatang Makwenta” on her Facebook page where she used poems to describe technical topics such as public accounting, budgeting, and auditing.
- Ang gusto ko po sana, doon ko po ma-explain na ‘yung mga bagay-bagay na dapat malaman ng mga common na tao,” she said.
- (I just want to teach, that’s why I’m explaining what procurement is, on what should be done, among other things.
- What I really want to do is to explain things that an ordinary citizen should know.