CoA awards MMDA highest audit rating for third consecutive year

CoA awards MMDA highest audit rating for third consecutive year

By Tracy Cabrera

MMDA chairman Atty. Romando Artes shows off CoA’s awards to the MMDA for the agency’s highest audit rating for three successive years. (Photo: MMDA PIO)

PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA — Showing its firm commitment to its mandate of genuine public service, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) received for the third consecutive time its highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit for fiscal year 2021.

COA gave an “unqualified opinion”—considered as the best opinion the commission can render to a government agency—on the fairness of the presentation of the agency’s financial statement.

Grateful for the recognition, MMDA chairman Atty. Romando Artes credited the recognition to the fact that the agency has initiated reforms on its budgetary process, expenditures, disbursement and financial reporting in order to successfully pass CoA’s extensive scrutiny.

“The MMDA is very thankful to the COA for recognizing the instituted reforms in the agency,” Artes enthused.

“We have to sustain, if not improve, these established reforms to be able to serve Metro Manila better, especially since we are now reeling from the effects of the pandemic,” he added.

Similar audit ratings were given to MMDA in 2019 and 2020, when Artes was the agency’s assistant general manager for finance and administration.

“Because of (our) good financial management, personnel of the agency now receive increased benefits such as minimum wage for job order personnel, among others, even as we have also upgraded 570 of (our) job order personnel to casual positions,” the chairman proudly disclosed.

For his part, MMDA general manager Frisco San Juan, Jr. noted that “(the said( changes have benefitted not just the agency, but also its employees and their morale, and the stakeholders, as well.”

To sustain the momentum in ensuring effective delivery of its services, the MMDA have likewise started upgrading its facilities, foremost of which is the construction of the MMDA’s new headquarters in Pasig City, which was inaugurated by no less than outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte the previous month.

Finally, in its pursuit for excellence in public service, MMDA has also continued to push for more programs and policies pursuant to its mandates and functions, including but not limited to construction and rehabilitation of flood control infrastructures, traffic management reforms and disaster preparedness, among others, which the agency’s current leadership hopes to be continued by the incoming administration of president-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (ai/mtvn)

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