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Accountability strengthened in Abrenilla’s administration

In his inaugural address, Local Chief Executive Fortunato R. Abrenilla promised that his management of the Local Government Unit of Jagna shall continuously be anchored on transparency, accountability, participatory governance as was in his first term of office.

To reinforce one of the areas of good governance, the mayor signed Executive Order No. 46 which created a team to study the internal control system and how it can be applied in the operations of the local government unit of Jagna.

Signed on December 2, 2013 and effective immediately, Executive Order No. 46 “AN ORDER CREATING AND ESTABLISHING THE PIONEERING TEAM ON INTERNAL CONTROL OF THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT OF JAGNA PROVIDING FOR ITS FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PRECURSOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEM COMMITTEE” concretizes accountability within the LGU.

The order was anchored on Section 123 of Presidential Decree 1445 dated June 11, 1978 as amended (Ordaining and Instituting a Government Auditing Code of the Philippines); Section 124 of PD 1445, as amended; Section 1, Subtitle B, book V of the Administrative Code of 1987.

The EO stated that in pursuance to the LGUs “firm conviction to implement accountability, transparency and good governance through the principles of internal control – ethical, economical, efficient and effective operations – the local chief executive has ordered the creation and establishment of the internal control team composed of Mrs. Zenaida A. Galorio – municipal accountant as chairperson with membership composed of the Mr. Raymond F. Cuadra, municipal treasurer and Mrs. Monica Esterlita R. Du, asset management officer.

The responsibilities of the team as stated in the EO are 1) Look into and study Internal Control System and the process at which it can be implemented within the LGU; 2) Establish a Plan of Organization of the internal control system which will comprise the organizational structure and the staffing complement that will enable it to carry its functions (Section 38(a), Title 2, COA Government Accounting and Auditing Manual (GAAM) Volume III; 3) Coordinated Methods and Measures shall be identified and created. This coordinated methods and measures are the “systems of authorization, policies, standards, accounting systems and procedures and reports in the Internal Control System to control operations and resources and enable the various units to meet its objectives” (Section 38(a), Title 2, GAAM) Volume III).

4) Establish duties and functions of the Internal Control System Committee; 5) Identify seminars/trainings and workshops on internal control systems of the COA which may be attended; and 6) Look into the budgetary requirements of the establishment of the said Internal Control System Committee.

 

With the mayor’s experiences with NEDA’s internal control system, he is of the firm belief that it can also be replicated at the local government level so as to ethically, economically, efficiently and effectively manage and avoid wastage of limited resources.

 

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