UN okays PH audit chief’s nomination

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the General Assembly to approve Heidi Mendoza as undersecretary-general for the UN’s Internal Oversight Services, Office of the Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

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Mendoza of the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA) was nominated by Ban himself.

She was approved for a five-year non-renewable term at the OIOS, which assists the Secretary-General in fulfilling his oversight responsibilities over resources and staff of the organization through audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.

According to the organization, the UN internal watchdog “aims to be an agent of change that promotes responsible administration of resources, a culture of accountability and transparency and improved program performance.”

Mendoza will succeed Carman Lapointe of Canada “to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service to the organization.”

Mendoza has been COA commissioner since 2011.

She is also serving as chairman of the Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board and external auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization and International Labor Organization.

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

She was consultant to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission and Transparency Group, Office of Presidential Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2004, as well as team leader of the Fraud Audit Division Special Audit Office, Internal Control System and Audit from 1996 to 1998.

Mendoza was also previously a consultant to the Asian Development Bank from 2008 to 2010 and the Australian Agency for International Development.

She was also an accounting and internal audit expert for ALTAIR-European Commission, local government procurement specialist for the World Bank in Manila in 2006 and corruption prevention course module writer with the USAID Rule of Law Effectiveness Project from 2006 to 2007.

Mendoza holds a Master’s degree in National Security from the National Defense College of the Philippines and also a Master’s degree in Public Administration with specialization in Fiscal Administration from the University of the Philippines.

She has passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination and is affiliated with Asian Organizations of Supreme Audit Institutions.

Mendoza became a household name during investigation of corruption allegations in 2011 against two former comptrollers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines—Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot.

Later, she was an expert witness at the impeachment trial of then-Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Mendoza was also a government witness in the trial of Elenita Binay, wife of Vice President Jejomar Binay, over corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.

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