Tarlac State University's executives and Administrative Council members welcomed the new state auditor from the Commission on Audit (COA) this morning (July 6) at the Engineering AVR.
Atty. Meliza Joy P. Manalo, a certified public accountant, finished her bachelor's degree in accountancy in 2010 and her juris doctor in 2019 at TSU.
“TSU is really close to my heart. So, I will do my very best po to help you. Gaya po ng ulit-ulit kong sinasabi that we (COA) are not 'that' agency anymore. Of course, we should pinpoint any mistakes na makikita namin along the audit. Pero po ngayon po kasi, COA po is an enabler of change. So nandito po kami (COA) ngayon, offering a collaborative work with the help of the management, so magtulungan po tayo,” she said.
In his opening remarks, TSU President Dr. Arnold E. Velasco felt proud and hopeful about the new auditor's deployment at TSU.
"As the representative of Tarlac State University being the university president, I am so proud that we'll be working with a person who will play a vital role in ensuring transparency, liability, and the highest standards of financial integrity within our dear institution Tarlac State University," Pres. Velasco said.
As the new external auditor, Atty. Manalo looks forward to maintaining the university's streak of excellence through the joint efforts of the TSU community.
“TSU feels like home... ang nasa isip ko kasi (is) I want to give back to the school kung saan ako galing. Nakaka-proud in a way na makakagawa ako ng something na maganda para sa university natin. Hindi as a lecturer but as an external auditor,” she said in an interview with the Office of Public Affairs.
According to Atty. Manalo, getting to her current position has never been easy for her. She hopes to serve as an example for the TSU community as she returns to her alma mater.
“I hope through my life, makita nila sa akin na kapag ikaw nag-strive hard in life, maa-achieve mo 'yung goals mo,” she added.
Aside from TSU, Atty. Manalo is also the state auditor of Tarlac Agricultural University. She assumed the position after Ms. Judy Cayabyab retired from government service last May 2023. (jlmm-OPA)