The Department of Tourism (DOT) received the highest audit rating from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the second straight year.
"This milestone is dedicated to all employees of DOT. This is also a challenge to continue doing good. May we continue serving this country with utmost dedication to public service that is clean and untainted," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
The agency officially received an "Unqualified Opinion" from the COA on its fiscal year 2020 financial statements, as announced by Puyat today, August 2, 2021.
The rating is given by an auditor when the financial statements of the audited entity are reported fairly and correctly, in all material aspects without qualifications and exceptions, after being subjected to scrutiny in accordance with the International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions.
The first directive of Puyat was a thorough "house cleaning" when she assumed the position in 2018; she said that the state auditor's Unqualified Opinion "proves the hard work of the men and women of DOT."
"Since 2018, it was of paramount importance for the DOT to strictly comply with the laws, rules, and regulations to ensure utmost accountability and transparency in our operations; particularly in the management of our limited financial resources.", she said.
"We did everything fairly and in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations," the tourism chief added.
Last year, COA also gave DOT an Unqualified Opinion for its financial statements on December 31, 2019. Before this, the last time the DOT received an Unqualified Opinion was in 2009.