Director Merne Tesiorna-Penaranda is a Certified Public Accountant who currently holds a position of Director IV. She assumed office at COA Regional Office No. VI as designated Officer-in-Charge (OIC) – Director IV on January 12,2021 through Office Order No. 2020-563 dated December 10, 2020. Thereafter, she was promoted to Director IV on November 22, 2021. Prior to her present assignment, she was assigned as OIC Assistant Regional Director of COA Region XIII and thereafter, similarly as such, in COA Region IV-B. She rose from being Auditing Examiner III to where she is now and was given audit assignments alternatively in the Corporate, National and Local Government Sectors. She was also a member of the United Nations (UN) Pool of Auditors and among her notable UN audit assignments were the UNICEF Head Quarters in New York, U.S.A. and UNICEF Country Office in Pretoria, South Africa.

Director Penaranda was a consistent honor student in elementary and high school, recipient of University scholarships and graduated Cum Laude from the University of the East, Manila, with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Accounting. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and was a grantee of a scholarship from the Dutch government for a Postgraduate Course on Managerial Control and Management Information System at the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands, in 1998.

Director Penaranda is happily married and a proud mother of two sons from the older of which she has two handsome grandsons.