By any measure or program that aims to prevent or eliminate corruption, the role of audit is crucial.
The role of the Commission on Audit (COA) is thus very important if President Benigno Aquino III is to deliver on his program of good governance.
Aquino has appointed Ma. Gracia Pulido Tan as COA chairperson, a no non-sense accountant who previously had stints in government as Finance Undersecretary.
In an interview with the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP), Tan said she accepted the position with the aim of ensuring that COA would be what it is meant to be– to ensure that public funds would have full and proper accounting.