COA-CAR Convenes Planning and Assessment Conference for CY 2023

COA-CAR welcomes OIC-Regional Director Renato O. Rosales with a call for leadership and innovation!

by: Lois B. Belingon

Director Renato O. Rosales, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Regional Director of the Commission on Audit-Cordillera Administrative Region (COA-CAR), along with OIC Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Atty. Bernard D. Bakilan, hosted the Planning and Assessment Conference from November 15-17, 2023, at Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel, Banaue, Ifugao.


The conference, themed “Navigating Progress: Enhancing Audit Excellence and Synergy for a Transformed Future,” focused on advancing progress, elevating audit excellence, and fostering collaboration for a transformative future. It highlighted the importance of effective planning, continuous improvement, and a shared vision in guiding COA-CAR toward its goals. Attendees included Division Chiefs from the Regional Office, Supervising Auditors and Audit Team Leaders from the Local Government Auditing Sector (LGAS), Water Districts and Other Corporate Government Auditing Sector (CGAS) Stand-Alone Agencies, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and other National Government Auditing Sector (NGAS) Stand-Alone Agencies.


The three-day event began with OIC-ARD Atty. Bakilan presenting COA-CAR’s accomplishments for the CY 2022 annual reports as of October 31, 2023. He detailed the status of transmittals of CY 2022 Annual Audit Reports (AARs) for provinces, cities, and municipalities, CY 2022 Barangay Audit Reports (BARs), CY 2022 Compliance Audit Reports (CARs) for provinces, cities, and municipalities, Management Letters (MLs)/Regional Consolidated Management Letters (RCMLs) for CY 2022 of NGAS and CGAS, and the status of cash examinations conducted as of December 31, 2022. Each Division Chief also presented their respective division’s accomplishments. Additionally, the audit teams of LGAS F-Mountain Province and Team 03 of CGAS reported on the State Audit Institution (SAI) Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) assessment results for the CY 2021 financial audit engagements of the Provincial Government of Mountain Province and John Hay Management Corporation. Director Rosales then presented the CY 2023 General Audit Instructions (GAI), Specific Audit Instructions (SAI), and Audit Foci/Thrusts for LGAS, SUCs, Water Districts, and other Stand-Alone Agencies.


On the second day, participants prepared and presented audit programs for their group’s identified audit foci/thrusts. They discussed their commitments for the CY 2023 audit, including deadlines for issuing Audit Observation Memoranda (AOMs), scheduling exit conferences, and submitting first and final drafts of AARs/MLs.

That evening, participants enjoyed a fellowship night, dressing in their best cowboy/cowgirl outfits and dancing to western music under the theme “Saddles, Spurs, and Synergy: Riding into the Wild Wild West of Audit Excellence.” Five teams—Abra and Kalinga, Baguio and Benguet, Ifugao and Mt. Province, Regional Office and Apayao, and SUCs and Water Districts—competed with western-inspired dance numbers. Mr. Dennis Agcon and Ms. Michelle Ati-tiw won the Mr. and Ms. Wild Wild West awards for their impressive ensembles. Team Baguio and Benguet won Best Presentation, and Team SUCs and Water Districts were recognized as the Most Enthusiastic Group. The night continued with music, dancing, games, and refreshments.

The conference concluded on the third day with an open forum. Before heading home, participants enjoyed hiking to the Banaue Viewpoint, Batad Rice Terraces, and Tapia Falls, experiencing the local sights and sounds.


This annual planning and assessment conference is essential for monitoring accomplishments against set targets and establishing expectations for the upcoming year’s audit.


The next Planning and Assessment Conference will be hosted by the Mountain Province Audit Group.