June 23, 2022
MMDA Gets COA’s Highest Audit Rating for Third Successive Year
For three straight years, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority received its highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit for fiscal year 2021.
The 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 MMDA’s financial statement.
MMDA Chairman Attorney Romando Artes, who is grateful for the recognition, said that the agency has initiated reforms on its budgetary process, expenditures, disbursement, and financial reporting.
“The MMDA is very thankful to the COA for recognizing the instituted reforms in the agency,” Artes said.
“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 rating was given to MMDA in 2019 and 2020 when Artes was the Assistant General Manager for Finance and Administration.
Because of the MMDA’s good financial management, personnel of the agency now receive increased benefits such as minimum wage for job order personnel, among others. The MMDA also upgraded 570 of its job order personnel to casual positions.
For his part, MMDA General Manager Undersecretary Frisco San Juan, Jr. said “these 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 New Head Office Building in Pasig which was inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte last month.
The MMDA also continues 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 current officials hope to be continued by the incoming administration.
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