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The Finance Officers of the Philippine Embassies and Consulates in the Americas came to San Francisco to attend a Finance Officers’ Retooling Seminar on January 27-30, 2014.  In line with President Benigno S. Aquino’s mandate to bring greater efficiency, transparency, accountability, and openness in the budget, expenditure and reporting process, the seminar was conducted by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Commission on Audit (COA) to brief participants on public management reforms, and accounting and auditing rules and regulations, among others.

From left to right (front):  COA Director Marietta M. Lorenzo, Consul Leah Victoria C. Rodriguez (San Francisco), DFA Assistant Secretary Domingo P. Nolasco, Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon (San Francisco), COA Director Villa DJ Bernaldo and Finance Officer Cynthia D. Tayam (Washington).