Director Mario G. Lipana was appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the Commission on Audit Regional Office No. IV-A (COA Region IV-A) on April 4, 2017. He also holds, in concurrent capacity, the position of Director of the Intelligence and Confidential Fund Audit Office under the Office of the Chairperson, this Commission.
As head of COA Region IV-A, he oversees the conduct of independent audit, examination and settlement of accounts pertaining to government offices, agencies and instrumentalities within the Region. The corresponding audit reports, which are timely, reliable and accurate, are issued to promote efficient, effective and transparent government. Director Lipana also oversees the implementation of COA’s policies, plans and programs up to the most remote barangay of the Region. He supervises and leads all the auditors and personnel of the Regional Office to accomplish the mission and mandates of COA.
Director Lipana is proactive in accomplishing the Commission’s plan to build a Provincial Satellite Auditing Office (PSAO) in every province in the Philippines particularly in Region IV-A (CALABARZON). He carried out the completion of the PSAO building in the Province of Quezon, which was inaugurated on November 7, 2018. He is also instrumental in the positive progress of the construction of other PSAOs in the Region. This includes the PSAO in the Province of Laguna, the PSAO in the Province of Batangas, and the PSAO in the Province of Rizal, which recently had its groundbreaking ceremony last January 5, 2021. Director Lipana is also responsible for the supervision of the construction of the COA International Training Center in Tagaytay City, Province of Cavite, that had its groundbreaking ceremony on June 21, 2018, which aims to house future trainings and seminars of COA.
Director Lipana hails from San Ildefonso, Bulacan. He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting at Baliwag Colleges in 1982. He started in the Commission in 1983 as COA Auditing Examiner III and rose from the ranks to become the Director in the Office of the Chairperson in 2016. He is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive audit and administrative expertise gained from the 36 years of professional work as a government official.