PSA-ARMM conducts Exit Audit Conference for 2018

March 4, 2019News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-19-013
OIC-RD Mangelen welcomes participants of the Exit Audit Conference.

PSA-ARMM conducted the Exit Audit Conference last 26 February 2019 at Conference Room, PSA-ARMM Regional Office, Cotabato City. This was presided by Atty. Minerva S. Guiling, Resident Auditor of PSA-ARMM, and attended by Mr. Razulden A. Mangelen (OIC-Regional Director), Ms. Cayang M. Macud (CRASD Chief), together with senior employees of CRASD and SOCD, the Provincial Statistics Officers (PSOs), Provincial Bookkeepers, and other financial staffs.

The program officially started with an opening prayer led by Mr. Anwar S. Abdullah, Budget Officer. OIC-RD Mangelen welcomed the auditor and introduced the participants. In his message, OIC-RD Mangelen emphasized that the public servants should be critical of their role in the country. According to him, funds and other resources provided by the government should be spent for the objectives of the government. Employees should always consider more the outcome of the government programs than their outputs. For example, in construction projects, the government’s objective is not just to pave the road, it is more on the provision of a convenient physical network for the people. Similarly, quality statistics and civil registration services are the outcomes of several operations and activities of PSA.

Atty. Guiling hopes that PSA-ARMM will accept her team’s comments and suggestions about the agency’s reports on financial transactions. She clarified that the auditors are not an enemy to government agencies, auditors are actually the agencies’ partners in public service. Auditors, specifically those from the Commission on Audit (COA), are tasked to assess if their subject agency has followed all of the rules and regulations in the reports of their financial transactions. After the evaluation, the audit team will inform the agency of their faults and gives recommendations for the next reference period. According to Atty. Guiling, the agency should consider the audit’s comments and suggestions as opportunities for improvement.

Atty. Guiling presented eight Audit Observation Memorandums (AOMs) issued to PSA-ARMM and its provincial offices in 2018 to review for updates. OIC-RD Mangelen admitted that the agency had faults in the previous months. This is because most of the agency’s financial staffs are Job Order Personnel and not yet knowledgeable of the rules and regulations in accounting. With the recommendations of the audit team, OIC-RD Mangelen and PSOs assure that the agency will do its best to prepare properly accomplished financial reports.

CRASD Chief Macud concluded the program with her closing remarks. She thanked the PSOs and other participants for their active participation, and the auditor for her recommendations.