Pursuant to the thrust of the Commission on Audit (COA) to continuously improve the level of competence and professionalism of its employees, COA Region IV-A conducted a two-day Mid-year Assessment and Planning Conference with Seminar-Workshop on Preliminary Audit Engagement Activities, Audit Plan and Strategies, and Audit Evidence and Working Papers last September 6 to 7, 2022 at the Lima Park Hotel Pavillion, Lipa-Malvar, Batangas.

            Almost 160 participants attended the Conference spearheaded by Regional Director (RD) Atty. Resurreccion C. Quieta and Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Juniel D. Sadiasa.   Regional Supervising Auditors (RSAs), Supervising Auditors (SAs), Audit Team Leaders (ATLs), and Audit Team Members (ATMs), including some support staff from the Local Government Audit Sector (LGAS) of the different provinces under Regional Office No. IV-A were in attendance.

            RD Quieta discussed the plans and programs for the timely, efficient and effective audit of thrust areas for transactions during calendar year 2022.  He likewise discussed, among others the timeline for the conduct of audit which should be aligned to every ATL’s Audit Plans, and presented the status of the barangay audit backlog in the audit of Barangays as of August 31, 2022 under each province in CALABARZON.

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            After RD Quieta’s lecture, one ATL from each province presented their team’s Audit Plan which was followed by the presentation of the Supervision Plan by the SA of the said ATL.

            The other speakers during the Conference were OIC-SA Celerino C. Alviar, who discussed on the topic of materiality; OIC-RSA Helenito D. Lualhati, Jr., who discussed about the review of Part I of Annual Audit Reports (AARs) and Regional Consolidated Management Letters (RCMLs); RSA Marcelina Leticia B. Maquimot, who discussed about the review of Part II of AARs and RCMLs; OIC-RSA Vivian N. Cavida, who discussed about the review of Part III of AARs and RCMLs, and Jessamine J. Mataya, who discussed about the Audit and Government Accountancy Division (AGAD)/ Administration, Training and Finance Division (ATFD) issues and concerns.

            A Fellowship Night was held on the evening of September 6, 2022 which was aimed at allowing the participants to unwind and establish new acquaintances from other audit teams. 

            The Conference concluded with a message from ARD Sadiasa. To everyone’s delight, three Samsung tablets were raffled off to three lucky participants after the program.