Cotabato City, BARMM — Only five (5) audit observations were presented by the Commission on Audit to the Ministry of Science and Technology on Monday, May 29, 2023, during the COA Exit Conference for the Audit of the calendar year 2022 of MOST held at the latter’s regional office in this city.

Present in the program was Minister Engr. Aida Silongan, Bangsamoro Director-General Engr. Abdulrakman Asim, Director Nasrodin A. Buisan, Chief Finance Officer Rahib Sendad and other MOST officials.

Amanodin Said, State Auditor V, Antonio Gepte VIII, State Auditor IV, and other audit personnel assigned to MOST were also in the program.

Antonio Gepte VIII, Audit Team Leader, said that MOST performs well based on the audit observations for MOST, with only five (5) as presented. He thanked the MOST personnel for responding quickly to the queries of the audit team. He emphasized that the operations of MOST is okay/good.

Gepte also recommended and suggested ways to address the audit observations for MOST. He also shared that the cash transactions flow of the agency was good based on the cash examinations taken by MOST Cashier III, Bai Joharnie Dawi.

MOST officials who attended the program, especially those with concerns about the audit observations, responded and explained the scenario and operations in their respective divisions/sections.

They assured that those audit observations would be addressed quickly and ensure compliance. They would also adopt the recommendations of COA.

Meanwhile, Minister Silongan said that whatever audit observations that MOST received from COA, she directed the responsible person to comply and address the observations to have a good flow of operations in the agency.

The program ended with a closing message from Amanodin Said, Supervising Auditor, that MOST has common audit observations like other agencies but few and has no problem. He believed that MOST could address these observations and thanked MOST for the cooperation.

A round of applause sounded as everyone was happy with the audit results coming from the COA Audit Team.


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