Gov’t agencies to undergo 3rd-party audit in 2015

Mick Basa
The audit will not look into the agencies' expenditures, but will assess how they operate and deliver services to the public

MANILA, Philippines – At least 25 government agencies will be subject to external audit in 2015 to determine how they delivered services to the public.

“This is a game changer because this is what private companies go through anytime, but public agencies do not,” said Guillermo Luz, chair of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Philippines, on Thursday, December 11.

Luz clarified, however, that the audit will not look into the offices’ expenditures, but will assess how they operate and deliver results to people.

“For the first time that we know of, agencies are going to be operating and delivering results to people,” said Luz.

The audit will be led by the NCC through its partnership with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA), he added.

Among the candidates for audit as identified by NCC and ISA are:

  • Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Board of Investments
  • Bureau of Internal Revenue
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Department of National Defense
  • Department of Public Works and Highways
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • Department of Transportation and Communications
  • Development Bank of the Philippines
  • Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations
  • League of Cities of the Philippines
  • National Development Company
  • National Electrification Administration
  • Philippine Army
  • Philippine Heart Center
  • Philippine Military Academy
  • Philippine National Police
  • Philippine Navy
  • Philippine Veterans Office

Prior to the audit, the NCC directed these agencies to adapt a balance scorecard system to track their performance.

The project, called Performance Governance System, involves formulating strategies, alignment of organization and resources, integrating strategy into key management processes, and linking strategy to management process.

NCC is a public-private sector task force that develops national competitiveness. It was formed in 2006 through an executive order signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. – Rappler.com