FIVE COMMENDABLE COA AUDITORS BREAK HEARTS ON VALENTINE’S DAY

FIVE COMMENDABLE COA AUDITORS BREAK HEARTS ON VALENTINE’S DAY
Left to right: Supervising Auditor Eleanor O. Mena, State Auditor Sally P. Jagna-an, Assistant Regional Director Daisylyn T. Tavarro, OIC-Regional Supervising Auditor Bernadette B. Garde and OIC-Supervising Auditor Julie Rose E. Alerta

The world celebrates February 14 as the day of roses, chocolates – for those who are old enough, wine – and of love. This year, however, five of our commendable women auditors leave a trail of broken hearts as they bid adieu to eight hours of labor for five days a week and around four (4) decades of commitment to public service.

Supervising Auditor Eleanor O. Mena, State Auditor Sally P. Jagna-an, OIC-Regional Supervising Auditor Bernadette B. Garde, OIC-Supervising Auditor Julie Rose E. Alerta and Assistant Regional Director Daisylyn T. Tavarro celebrated their successful government careers with their peers and colleagues last February 14, 2022 at the COA Regional Office Auditorium. Regrettably, SA Mena and OIC-SA Alerta were not able to attend the celebrations for personal reasons.

The program was divided into two parts: the first was dedicated to honor the retiring state and supervising auditors; while the second was to show gratitude to the retiring Assistant Regional Director.

Words tugged at the heartstrings of everyone present, as each cluster of the respective retiring auditor prepared video presentations with heart-felt messages of gratitude and well-wishes.

“Happy retirement, ninang Sally. I thank you for your guidance and support – work-related man or indi. I am very blessed na naging isa ka sa mga mentors ko diri sa COA,” thanked Adonie Latif T. Anaya, State Auditor I, as the song “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago played in the background.

“No more targets to meet, deadlines to beat and AARs to review and transmit,” quipped the members of LGS D – Iloilo City & Guimaras Province, who were under the supervision of Ma’am Julie until her retirement.

“Ang beauty secret ni Ma’am Bern ay ang iya happiness and contentment in life. Because when you’re contented and happy, you look beautiful. Agree?” Genalyn L. Brillantes, State Auditor II, opposed the claim that Ma’am Bern’s beauty secret lies in the use of facial masks. It was all done in good fun.

“You can now watch your volleyball games undisturbed. There will be no laptop on the table with AOMs and AARs for review,” greeted Atty. Enrique A. Jungco, Jr, who succeeded Ma’am Eleonor as the Supervising Auditor of CGS Water District and other Stand-Alone Agencies.

On the second part of the program, the Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo City & Guimaras and Iloilo North and South provinces showed their appreciation to the retiring Assistant Regional Director in variety of creative video presentations. Their words and messages can be summed up into one truth – Ma’am Daisy’s influence may not be loud yet it is palpable. The rest of the personnel of Region VI answered a series of random questions about Ma’am Daisylyn compiled together in an audio-visual presentation entitled “Ma’am Daisy, In Our Eyes”. The questions ranged from the typical ‘Most Memorable Moment’ to the unconventional ones such as ‘If Ma’am Daisy is a salad, what would she be?’ It was followed by the segment “Ma’am Daisy, In Her Eyes”, where ARD Tavarro answered quick ‘would you rather’ type questions and revealed a few facts about herself.

The program was rounded up with both pre-recorded and in-person messages from colleagues, staff members, friends and family of ARD Tavarro who honored Ma’am Daisy’s thirty-eight (38) inimitable years in government service. In her closing remarks, Regional Director Peñaranda read an open letter she penned addressed to Ma’am Daisy who she closely worked with for around one (1) year.

In her response, Ma’am Daisy declared that she’ll be leaving the halls of COA Region VI with a heavy heart. The feeling is mutual. Nobody is happy to see anyone go but we are comforted by the fact that these five exemplary COA Auditors are moving forward to better days when, as had been said time and again – the weekends are unlimited and the vacation is permanent.

Adeiu Tension, Bonjour Pension! 

The world celebrates February 14 as the day of roses, chocolates and of love. This year, however, COA Region VI nurses its broken heart as it bids its ‘see you around’ to five of our most impactful auditors – Ma’am Sally, Ma’am Julie, Ma’am Bern, Ma’am Eleanor and Ma’am Daisy.