CoA official named to key UN position

UNITED Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he will appoint Commission on Audit officer-in-charge Heidi Mendoza as UN Undersecretary-General for Internal Oversight Services.

Ban  announced his intention to appoint Mendoza at a session of the General Assembly on Oct. 5 and said he will appoint Mendoza to a five-year, non-renewable term after a series of consultations with the chairmen of the Regional Groups.

Mendoza, acting CoA chief since 2011, has served as chairperson of Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board and External Auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization and International Labour Organization.

In 2011, Mendoza testified before the Senate against two former comptrollers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines—Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot.

She served as an expert witness in the impeachment trial of then Philippine chief justice Renato Corona in 2012, and was a state witness in the trial of Elenita Binay, wife of Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, over corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

Mendoza will succeed Carman Lapointe, a Canadian who served as the auditor general of the World Bank Group from 2004 to 2009.

As a certified public accountant, Mendoza has over 20 years of service in government particularly in the field of audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy.

Prior to working with CoA, Mendoza had also worked with the Asian Development Bank and was also a member of the board of advisers of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government.

Mendoza will begin to serve her term “once the UN General Assembly gives its expected formal approval.”

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services describes itself as the “internal oversight body of the United Nations” that would assist Ban “through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.”


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