PHL COA commissioner appointed to top UN post

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, Oct. 6 (PNA) — Philippine Commission on Audit (COA) Commissioner Heidi Mendoza was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the world body’s new Undersecretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) for a five-year non-renewable term.

Following consultations with chairs of the body’s regional groups, Ban informed the UN General Assembly on Monday of his intention to appoint Mendoza to the post.

Established in 1994 by the General Assembly, the OIOS, according to the UN website, assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities in respect of the resources and staff of the organization through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection, and evaluation services.

It also aims to be an agent of change that promotes responsible administration of resources, a culture of accountability and transparency, and improved program performance.

Mendoza is a Commissioner of the Commission of Audit of the Philippines since 2011 and Chairperson of the Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board.

She also serves as the External Auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labor Organization (ILO).

Mendoza is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of service in government specializing in audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy. (PNA)