Chairperson Rizalina Noval Justol was appointed as Chairperson ad interim to the Commission on Audit (COA) by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 17 February 2022. She has a combined work experience of more than 40 years in the Government, having served as state auditing examiner and later state auditor at the Commission on Audit for almost ten years and as City Accountant of the City Government of Davao for 21 years. Chairperson Justol worked for the Office of the President as a Deputy Executive Secretary for Finance and Administration for six years prior to being appointed as COA Chairperson.

As Deputy Executive Secretary, she was instrumental in the realization of ISO 9001:2015 Certification to the Office of the President Proper as well as conferment of Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) Bronze Award to the Office of the President Proper. Her exemplary leadership, sincere dedication and work ethic were recognized by letters of commendation from the Executive Secretary. She also received the Pagkilala Mula sa Kalihim Tagapagpaganap at Tagapangulo Pambansang Sangguniang Tagapag-Ugnay ng ASEAN.

Chairperson Justol was likewise instrumental in the recognition of the agencies she worked for, specifically that of the City Government of Davao, as the latter was awarded as the Most Outstanding Accounting Office at the local government city level by the Association of Government Accountants in the Philippines for the years 1995, 1996, and 1997, respectively. This led to her department in becoming the Hall of Fame Awardee for Most Outstanding Accounting Office in 1998. Being the City Accountant, her leadership at the City Government of Davao paved the way for her agency to receive various awards from COA in Region XI, including Plaques of Recognition for being the first to submit complete Financial Statements among the City Governments throughout Region XI for calendar year 1998; the first to submit the pre- and post-closing trial balances and Financial Statements in 1998; for garnering the Highest Honors in the liquidation of cash advances at 99.16% of total cash advances in 1999 and previous years in support to the thrust of the COA; and for early submission of Financial Statements for calendar year 1999.

Excellence is a trademark of Chairperson Justol, having been a recipient of awards from various bodies, such as the Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Government Lady Executive for Region XI in 1998; 1998 Model Employee Award; Ulirang Kawani Award during the 99th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service in 1999; 1999 Most Outstanding CPA in Government given by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA); Ulirang Kawani Award during the 1st Centennial Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service in 2000; 2000 Model Employees Award of the City Government of Davao; and 2015 Most Outstanding PICPA member.

Chairperson Justol had her humble beginnings as a civil servant, working as an Accounting clerk under the then Department of Education, Culture, and Sports and at the University of Southeastern Philippines. Despite being a working student, she has climbed her way to success through sheer dedication, industry, and passion; thus, leading her to become a Certified Public Accountant. She is a Davaoeña who has graduated from the University of Mindanao with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Doctorate Degree in Public Administration from Southwestern University.

Despite all her achievements in her career and in life, Chairperson Justol’s greatest pride is her family. She is happily married to her husband of 37 years, Ricardo San Diego Justol, a hardworking government official who formerly served the Southern Philippines Medical Center as its Chief Administrative Officer and is presently serving as a Barangay Official in the City of Davao. They have been blessed with seven wonderful children, namely: Rizavon Rick N. Justol, Raiza N. Justol-Villaluz, Rixelle Pet-Paola N. Justol-Catalino, Richlyn N. Justol-Baguilod, Rikki John N. Justol, Rikki Augustus N. Justol, and Richard N. Justol.