From left to right: Regional Director Merne T. Peñaranda, Auditor Marilou P. Sumcad, Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc, Auditor Famela L. Manibog, Auditor Jessy James B. Briones, and Assistant Commissioner Winnie Rose H. Encallado

In the continuing pursuit of excellence and exemplary service, COA Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) recognizes once again three COA RO6 Auditors for their extraordinary performance and continuous demonstration of competency and capacity in the execution of work during COA’s 123rd Founding Anniversary.

Nominees from Audit Team R6-37/DENR PENRO-Capiz, composed of Marilou P. Sumcad, Famela L. Manibog, and Jessy James B. Briones, were proven worthy and emerged victorious as they secured one of the major awards – the Gawad Kahusayan (Outstanding Performance) on May 6, 2022.

Ms. Marilou “Mam Malou” P. Sumcad, State Auditor IV, is currently assigned as Audit Team Leader of PENRO, Province of Capiz. A devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she is blessed with three sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. For Mam Malou, family is her greatest joy and source of strength. She shares her experience with the younger COANs and pushes them to do their best. Her decisiveness, leadership, and confidence make her admired more by her colleagues. Though she hails from Sara, Iloilo, she now resides in Roxas City, Capiz with her family.

Mrs. Famela “Fam” L. Manibog, State Auditor II, is currently assigned at CGS-Capiz Water Districts. She is blessed with two children. Known for being soft-spoken, Fam exhibits calm in many situations and is a pillar of support for her colleagues. Born in Jamindan, Capiz, she now resides with her family in Roxas City, Capiz.

Mr. Jessy James B. Briones, State Auditing Examiner II, is currently assigned to the Local Government Sector – Aklan. He is called either Jessy or James, depending on who you ask. He is a resident of Aklan but his first assignment was in Capiz when he entered COA. Jessy is a simple man with clear objectives. He listens to his superiors and colleagues and ensures that the lessons are applied.

Mam Malou, Fam, and Jessy worked together as one audit team of PENRO. Although Fam and Jessy’s assignments have changed, their legacy speaks of itself because of their award.

These three stood out among the best and the brightest in COA. Their accomplishments will inspire others to strive not for accolades but for the quality of work that exudes the COA Core Value of Excellence. Truly, when you do your best, all the rest will follow. Salute to the Awardees of the GAWAD KAHUSAYAN!