CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Aimed at fostering transparency and good governance, the Audit Team R10-34 of the Commission on Audit (COA) 10 conducted an Entrance Audit Conference with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) on September 13, 2022, in this city.

Milo D. delos Reyes, regional executive director of DA RFO-10, in his remarks, emphasized the importance of complying the rules and regulations set by COA.

“We have to submit for review all our financial transactions and operations for 2022, for us to know what to improve in handling various accounts and operations within the covered period and to ensure that finances were spent judiciously in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations as well.”

He further stated that, “we have to build a strong linkage and coordination with COA in order to work harmoniously for better delivery of services and interventions to our clients.”

Josie J. Rodriguez, State Auditor V of COA-10 lauded the agri department for their cooperation and participation to the conference that signals the start of the COA review covering the current year.

She explained that such yearly activity will serve as an avenue for the DA-10 management and the audit team to provide information and updates on the procedural requirements to ensure prudent use of government funds in line with the existing auditing laws.

Meanwhile, Nashiba L. Macaraob, State Auditor II and Acting Audit Team Leader, tackled on the basis for the conduct of audit that includes the Forms of Communicating the Terms of Audit Engagement and the Audit Focus Area.

Also discussed in the audit engagement are the monitoring of submissions; initial submission and audit queries, validation of implementation of prior year’s audit recommendation and specific audit instructions.

Macaraob further expressed her gratitude for DA’s responsiveness during her two-year stint as the state auditor of the agency, while further reminding the submissions of some inventories, plans and budget and other necessary documents for audit.

The conference parted with the commitment of DA management to follow and implement the recommendations of the audit team.

In attendance during the conference are the management committee members of DA- RFO 10. # (MGBS)