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DILG receives recognition for “excellent” accounting procedures.
A team of government accountants has recognized the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as one of the “excellent accounting offices” for 2021.
The DILG was selected by the Commission on Audit (COA) as one of the awardees for its quality, timeliness, and accuracy of the calendar year (CY) 2021 financial reports, according to a letter from the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines (AGAP), whose national president and budget undersecretary Tina Rose Marie Canda said.
The DILG is now the first significant national government agency (NGA) to get the award for upholding the highest standard of excellence by strict governmental regulations for financial reporting.
Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr. praised the AGAP for the honor in a statement on Thursday, saying it was proof of the organization’s dedication to timely, accurate, and high-quality financial reporting from the Central Office to the field and regional offices.
“We sincerely thank AGAP for this honor. You may be sure that the DILG will continue to support solid fiscal management in the Department at all levels, from the Central Office to the field offices, said Abalos.
He also congratulated Ester A. Aldana, the assistant secretary for administration, finance, and comptrollership, as well as all of the DILG accounting staff members around the nation, for their commitment to meeting the department’s needs for sound and effective fiscal management.
The honor, according to Abalos, shows how seriously the DILG accounting office takes its commitment to public service, innovation, and integrity, setting a good example for others to follow, good governance, to putting the needs of clients first, and to organizational competence and effectiveness.
Malaki ang responsibilidad ng ating accounting offices kasi nakaatang ang pagsisiguro ng masinop at maayos na paggastos ng pondo ng opisina. As a result of receiving this honor, our accounting offices are in charge of making sure that office finances are used wisely and properly, which puts them in charge of a lot of responsibility. You have demonstrated that you are genuinely smart, effective, and dependable due to this prize),” Abalos.
AGAP is “an institution that promotes the interest of government accountants and enhances the practice of government accountancy,” according to Aldana, who accepted the prize on behalf of DILG.
“Seeing all of the honorees, whose respective accounting offices were chosen by COA, is satisfying, inspiring, and comforting. During the recently held awards ceremonies in Quezon City, Aldana delivered the introductory remarks. “Your collaborative efforts and resolve contributed tremendously in the endeavor to come out with quality, accuracy, and truthful financial reports,” she remarked.
According to her, COA’s recommendations, which include its unqualified findings and the correctness and promptness of financial reports submitted, are used to determine the recipients.
Aldana challenged local chief executives, agency, bureau, and department heads to “be the epitome of revered and respected public employees” by setting an example for others to follow.
In addition to DILG, additional AGAP awardees include 22 NGAs, nine local government entities, and one corporate government sector.
Over 10,000 accountants, budget officers, supply officers, cashiers, and other finance group employees from federal, state, local, and government-owned or -controlled enterprises are members of the AGAP.
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