Pag-IBIG Fund earns COA’s highest audit rating for 9th straight year

Published August 9, 2021, 4:09 PM

by MB Business


Pag-IBIG Fund has earned the Commission on Audit’s highest audit rating
for the ninth consecutive year even amid the pandemic, top officials
announced.

(FILE PHOTO)



In a letter dated July 29, COA informed the agency that it has rendered an
unmodified opinion – its highest rating – on the fairness of the presentation
of Pag-IBIG Fund’s financial statements for the year 2020.

“We faced many challenges last year. However, we remained committed in
managing the Filipino workers’ fund excellently. We implemented a number
of loan payment reprieves and stimulus programs to help our members and
stakeholders during the lockdown while ensuring that these did not affect
our robust financial standing. Our ninth straight top rating from state
auditors is a milestone for us as an organization and serves as proof that
even amid the health emergency, we heed the call of President Duterte in
ensuring that government offices like ours are run professionally and
remain corruption-free,” said Secretary Eduardo D. del Rosario, Chairman
of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD)
and of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.

From 2012 to 2017, Pag-IBIG Fund earned COA’s unqualified opinion and
from 2018 to 2020, it has gained its unmodified opinion. Auditors use both
the unqualified opinion and unmodified opinion, which are the highest
ratings that COA gives to a government agency or corporation, to mean that
the financial statements of an agency are presented, in all material
respects, in accordance with applicable financial reporting frameworks.

Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti added that
even while they rapidly responded to the needs of members, stakeholders,
and their own personnel through numerous programs and interventions,
the agency made sure that all requisite processes were strictly followed
ensuring that all were above-board prior to implementation.

In 2020, Pag-IBIG Fund aided 4.8 million borrowers by automatically
providing them with grace periods totaling 6 months in accordance with the
Bayanihan I and II Acts. The agency also aided 320,406 borrowers through
its own 3-month loan payment moratorium program. Home loan borrowers
were also offered a special loan restructuring program, which resulted in
85,440 members gaining better payment terms on their home loans during
the health crisis.

The agency also deployed programs to aid in the recovery of the Philippine
economy through a stimulus in the housing industry. A P10 billion home
construction fund was made available to accredited developers to
encourage production and boost supply of housing units, while home loan
promo rates were offered to members to encourage demand. These allowed
housing industry players to maintain operations and continue generating
jobs.

These responses to aid members and stakeholders cope with the Covid-19
pandemic won the agency a gold award under the Most Valuable
Government Response category in the recently concluded 2021 Asia-Pacific
Stevie Awards.

Internally, Pag-IBIG Fund adopted a blended working arrangement and
provided more transportation to ferry its workforce. These ensured that the
agency remained in full operations while minimizing the risk of the spread
of the virus among its personnel. Staff were provided personal protective
gear, supplies to maintain hygiene, and improved medical coverage – all to
protect its workforce so that they can continue to serve members.

“In 2020, the economic slowdown may have dampened our performance,
but it did not stop us from extending benefits to our members and
stakeholders. It was an extraordinary year which necessitated
extraordinary steps to help. Prior to the pandemic, we achieved record-
highs year after year in terms of loans released, collections and net income.
Last year, our record-high was the number of members we helped cope and
recover from the effects of the pandemic. Our latest unmodified opinion
from COA shows that we have achieved three things last year. First, we
were able to safeguard the health and welfare of our workforce which was
necessary for the Fund’s continued service to the public. Second, we took
good care of our members through the speedy deployment of programs
responsive to their needs. And lastly, we were able to do all these while still
maintaining the highest standards of financial integrity. That is Lingkod
Pag-IBIG service at work,” Moti said.

 
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