Attesting to its relevance to the community, the Palawan State University has been invited by the Commission on Audit to become a collaborator of its Citizen Participatory Audit. In the interest of fairness and objectivity in the auditing process, selected representatives from the College of Arts and Humanities as well as the College of Engineering Architecture and Technology were invited to participate in the inspection of a Farm to Market Road Project in Puerto Princesa City.

Mr. Anthony Badilla, the College of Arts and Humanities Extension Coordinator was very happy to be invited as a citizen auditor in the project inspection held on January 20, 2015.

“This is a good development for the CAH Extension Program. As we all know, one of the components of Extension work is the provision of advisory or technical expertise of concerned colleges of PSU – this being direct extension of services to the community or institutions. In this setting, we are extending our services to the COA,” he shared.

Mr. Badilla, who is also a faculty member teaching Political Science at the College of Arts and Humanities, went on to share that the presence of the Political Science professionals in the said project is “relevant in as far as the review of related rules, laws and regulations concerning the project.”

Dean Nena Zara, who represented the CEAT was also there to apply her knowledge on structural integrity, obviously because of the infrastructure involved in the building of farm to market roads. She was also in praise of the COA project.

“I am very impressed with Citizen Participatory Audit of the COA. It’s rightful for citizens to participate in auditing something that they themselves will use directly,” said Dean Zara.

Under the provisions of the Constitution, the COA is empowered to promulgate its own rules on how to conduct audit. Traditionally they do their audits through their in-house auditors. This time the strategy of the COA is to extend the participation to the Civil Society Organizations. Their premise is that the CSOs know more about the rather profoundly significant issues on the implementation of the project by the fact that these will be realized in their locale.

The project in view is a critical road stretching for about one kilometer. This is a key project of the City Government aimed to empower the locals and residents located in the south of Puerto Princesa City. Whatever findings gathered by the representatives of Palawan State University shall then be signed by the CPA members and the resulting document shall be made official and binding.

Palawan Province has been specifically identified as a pilot province for the Citizen Participatory Audit project. The University’s involvement is essentially a result of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Commission on Audit and the Palawan State University signed in December 2014, thereby activating the PSU as a duly recognized partner institution to function in the CPA.

The credibility of Palawan State University as an authority in Extension services shall be boosted as more such projects are expected to come in soon.