New audit office to rise at Capitol

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda led the groundbreaking of the new Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) of the Commission on Audit (COA) here at the Capitol grounds the other day.

The planned facility will house nine audit teams under the local government sector.

Supervising Auditor Chona Laxamana said that the facility will serve as workplace and a dedicated office for the municipal and city auditors.

The building will be built on a 2,500-square foot lot adjacent to the year-old provincial audit office.

COA Chairperson Michael Aguinaldo said he was impressed with the sheer size of the land donated by the governor and at the same time grateful that the Pampanga auditors are housed in a spacious and well-designed office.

“It’s bigger than some of the earlier PSAOs and I think it will help us further to accomplish our goals,” Aguinaldo said.

The COA chair also took a moment to clarify and stress that they do not intend to impede on the implementation of government projects by being stringent but rather, they want to empower the LGUs in the proper use of government funds.

Pineda agreed with Aguinaldo's sentiments and expressed her appreciation for their guidance especially in transparency and accountability.

“We thank you for your efforts and your patience. Having strict auditors help us learn how to properly utilize our funds,” Governor Pineda said.

COA Commissioners Jose Fabia and Isabel Agito, Assistant Commissioner Arcadio Cuenco, Regional Director Maria Corazon Gomez, and Assistant Regional Director Elenita Lumungsod also graced the event.

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