To ensure good governance throughout the bureaucracy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10, through its Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU), enforces efforts to establish and strengthen the internal audit function in the region.

         By conducting a five (5)-day training workshop on Baseline Assessment of Internal Control System (BAICS) and Overview on Strategic Planning in Internal Audit from August 16 to 20, 2021, local government units and DILG personnel are expected to further carry out the importance of audit in the context of local governance.

         The activity aims to document and understand the control environment in key processes in the operating system and support system to operations, identify the management control that are necessary to achieve the control objectives, determine compliance with control in place, and identify gaps, deficiencies or breakdown for potential inputs to the strategic plans.

         According DILG Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, the department is responsible to establish and maintain an effective system of internal control. Thus, the activity was carried out by performing activities to further improve the recommendations based on the results of the audit engagement.

         He also highlighted the roles of the LGUs Internal Audit Service Offices (IASO) as an effective office that provides reasonable assurance, gathers and analyzes information on the organizations’ mandate, objective, strategies, operating, and support systems, relevant laws, rules and regulations, and organizational and sectoral performance.

         “It is important that the IASO understands what constitutes the control environment and identifies the management controls that are necessary to achieve the control objective,” he said.

         In attendance were members of each Internal Audit Offices in the different provinces, highly-urbanized cities, and component cities of the region, as well as the DILG regional office personnel. 

(DILG 10/PDMU/Merryane Rose S. Bacud) (Revised copy/DILG-10/Jia Artajo)