Moved by the objective to enhance technical competencies relevant to the conduct of audit activities, the Provincial Internal Auditors of Camarines Sur have actively participated in the Seminar on Government Procurement Reform Act (R.A. 9184) and its IRR and updates organized by the Association of Government Internal Auditors, Inc. (AGIA) held last February 12-14, 2020 at Hotel Kimberly, Pedro Gil St., Malate, Manila.

           The 24-hour Seminar/Workshop delved on the management of procurement activities in the government sector as governed by R.A. 9184 and its IRR. It was also attended by government employees from various NGAs, GOCCs/NFIs, LGUs and SUCs that are assigned in internal audit, accounting, budget, legal, general services and bids and awards committee as well as private sectors to better understand the procurement law and ensure effective and efficient operations in their respective areas of responsibilities.

           Dir. Marissa N. Fabricante, Treasurer of AGIA, Inc., welcomed and oriented the participants to the 3-day seminar intended to fully discuss the following topics: a) procurement planning, b) composition and functions of BAC, TWG and BAC Secretariat, c) procurement of goods and services, d) procurement of infrastructure projects, and e) procurement of consulting services.

           Seminar proper was set in motion as the resource speakers started to discuss the course topics, share their professional knowledge and experiences and impart valuable insights and recommendations to various issues raised during the forum. Resource persons were as follows: Mr. Angelito Z. Saliendra and Engr. Arturo S. Layug, both former State Auditor V, Technical Services Office (TSO) of the Commission on Audit (COA) and Engr. Jose A. Damole, Consultant of Philippine Sports.

           The seminar aimed to enhance internal auditors’ capacity to achieve its objective to assess and evaluate the existing control policies and procedures in the procurement activities and eventually recommend courses of actions to strengthen/improve the internal control system as a whole. Internal auditors believe that effective internal control is a means to an end, not an end in itself.


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