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MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020 * 9:00AM TO 5:30PM

With the intensified campaign of the new government and the Commission on Audit (COA) towards good governance, weve designed this one-day seminar to provide Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, public utility companies and private entities dealing with the government this comprehensive guide on how to avoid COA disallowances and best practices solutions to those encountering such problems.

This special program will feature the common findings of COA, Supreme Court Rulings, as well as remedies and defenses on cases that may be deemed as disbursements or transactions which are illegal, extravagant, unnecessary and unconscionable. We will address how you should handle notice of suspensions, notice of disallowances, and notice of charges to solve your problems as well as addressing issues on how a subordinate can escape liability for an irregular act of his superior.

We will also provide you updates on COA memoranda, circulars and resolutions that you MUST know to avoid disallowances. And if you are in the private sector and want to do business with the government, its important to know how to structure your deals to avoid disallowances or getting implicated together with the public official or convicted of crimes involving irregular transactions.

Course Director & Lecturer:

Alicia C. Manuel, CRFA, CICA, JD
was with COA for 31 years as an auditor assigned to various branches of government including DILG, Bureau of Fire Protection and NAPOLCOM among others. While at COA, she was seconded to international organizations as an international consultant to World Bank, Asian Development Bank and AusAid to monitor large scale projects in various countries.

She is the author of the Handbook on AFP Internal Auditors, 2017 and the Internal Audit Manual Province of Negros Occidental, 2019. She regularly lectures on Management Audit and Baseline Assessment Report and addressing COA challenges with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Airforce among many others. She is also a consultant at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGeps).
Who Should Attend:
    Head, Officers & Management of
      - National Government Agencies
      - LGUs & GOCCs
    Public Utility Companies
    Private Entities doing or will do
     business with the government

This training is open to the General Public. Attendees will earn credit points for their career advancement based on Civil Service Commission regulation on attending training from an accredited training provider.

Limited Seats Only, Pre-Registration Required


  • Onsite Attendance
    (Payment of P 10,280 is inclusive
    of printed lecture material, 3 meals
    and printed certificate of attendance)
  • Remote Access only via zoom
    (Payment of P 3,800 is inclusive of
     an e-copy of a certificate of
     attendance *)

*Add P500 for printed copy of
 certificate (inclusive of delivery charge)


    Contact Person: Jamie Borlaza
    Telephone: (+632) 8556-8968 or 69
    Telefax:      (+632) 8842-7148 or 59

Best Practices and Remedies to Avoid COA Disallowances
@ EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City, Philippines or via zoom logo
9:00am to 5:30pm, Monday, August 3, 2020

Course Outline

I. What COA is all about: Mandate and Powers

II. What are covered by COA suspensions, disallowances and charges

     What public officials and private entities transacting with the government should know
     to avoid illegal, irregular, extravagant, unnecessary and unconscionable disbursements
     and transactions

     Collections which are not properly assessed or if properly assessed, not completely collected

III. What are the procedures in the issuance and enforcement of COA:

        a. Notice of Suspensions

        b. Notice of Disallowances

        c. Notice of Charges

IV. Common findings of COA

        a. Violation of Rules and Regulations
              -  Transfer of Funds
              -  Cash Advances
              -  Splitting of Contracts
              -  Hiring of Private Lawyers
              -  Hiring of Consultants
              -  Car Plans
              -  Repairs of Motor Vehicles
              -  Rental of Motor Vehicles
              -  Retirement Pay Disallowances
              -  Granting of Life and Health Insurance from private insurance companies
              -  Christmas Party
              -  Travel Expenses (e.g. Lakbay Aral)
              -  Family Visit Allowance
              -  Catering Services
              -  Gifts to Outsiders (e.g. media, friends of the agency)
              -  Advertising and other Promotional Expenses
              -  Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) e.g. Signing Bonuses
              -  Others

        b. Unauthorized benefits
              -  Rice Allowance
              -  Children’s Allowance
              -  Educational Allowance
              -  Extra Christmas Bonus
              -  Birthday Bonus
              -  Others

V. Effects and Consequences to the government agency and private sector participants on COA disallowances and findings

VI. Supreme Court decisions on COA findings

VII. What should a government agency and a private participant do to avoid disallowances, and if already issued, how to remedy the situation

    When will a superior be liable and when not for a COA S and D
    How will a subordinate escape liability for an irregular act of his superior

VIII.  Updates on COA Issuances:
a) COA Memorandum
b) COA Circulars
c) COA resolutions that you must know to avoid disallowances


Attendees from the government are exempted from the P2,000.00 limit for attending training provided by the private sector based on Department of Budget and Management Circular No. 563 dated April 22, 2016. CGBP is accredited by the Civil Service Commission

This program is accredited by DILG-Local Government Academy and the PRC Board of Accountancy. Accountants attending this training will earn CPD credit units as approved by PRC / Board of Accountancy.



Onsite Attendance (Payment of P 10,280 is inclusive of printed lecture material, 3 meals and printed certificate of attendance)

Remote Access only via zoom (Payment of P 3,800 is inclusive of an e-copy of a certificate of attendance*)

*Add P500 for printed copy of certificate (inclusive of delivery charge)

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