Five-Day Training-Workshop on the implementation of Internal Audit Unit and Internal Control System of Provincial Local Government Unit under the cconditional matching grant to provinces for KALSADA program.

The Department of Interior and Local Government in collaboration with the Department of Budget and Management conducted a 5 day Training-Workshop on the Implementation of Internal Audit Unit and Internal Control System of Provincial Local Government Units under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces for Road Repair, Rehabilitations, and Improvement otherwise known as KALSADA Program on March 27-31, 2017 at the One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites, Tagaytay City.

Four representatives from the Provincial Internal Audit Office of the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur participated in the Training-Workshop together with 82 more participants from 19 other provinces; Romblon, Palawan, Zambales, Marinduque, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Dinagat Island, Nueva Ecija, Sorsogon, Bohol, Marinduque, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Siquijor, Tarlac, Aurora and Cebu.

Three guest speakers coming from different sectors of the government namely Dr. Ruth Carlos, Supervising Administrative Officer, Polythecnic University of the Philippines, Ms. Dimpna Lejos, Assistant Director Local Government and Regional Coordination Bureau and Mr. Rainer Diaz, Supervising Budget and Management Specialist, both from Department of Budget and Management amplified the topics as regards the Internal Control and Internal Audit Framework, Organizing IAS and Audit Planning and Baseline Assessment of Internal Control System.

The Training-Workshop highlighted on the creation and implementation of the Internal Audit Service/Unit of the Provincial LGUs under Administrative Order (AO) No. 70 dated April 14, 2003 which mandates all heads of government agencies, GOCCs, GFIs, SUCs and LGUs to immediately organize an IAS in their respective offices, which shall function in accordance with the policies established by the provisions of RA No. 3456, as amended by RA No. 4177 as one of the regulatory requirement for the CMGP Program. The CMGP Program aims to enhance the Provincial Governments’ competencies in Local Road Management (LRM) systems and processes, incorporating governance reforms in the Public Financial Management (PFM) which includes the establishment of the Internal Audit Unit and Internal Control System.

The Training-workshop, served as an eye opener on the necessity of establishing an Internal Audit Unit/Service in the Government, particularly in the provinces, and its operations.