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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sec. Purisima receives highest honor for CPAs in 2013

PRESS RELEASE FROM DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima was conferred with the Parangal San Mateo Award for 2013 during the Induction of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Foundation in Makati last Thursday, July 18, 2013. The award, which is the most prestigious honor that the PICPA Foundation bestows on accountants, counted Purisima as the sole awardee this year.

From left: Josefina G. Chua, 2012-2013 Chairman, PICPA Foundation; Violeta J. Josef, President, PICPA; Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, DOF; Josefe Sorrera-Ty, Chairman, 2013-2014 PICPA Foundation

Purisima began his acceptance speech by joking that PICPA may have made a mistake.

“I think accounting has been my blessing since I pursued accounting by accident. I never dreamed of becoming a government official either, so I suppose my being given this award is an accident also.” 

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).

Paul is a BS Accountancy student at the University of Northern Philippines. He works for CBAA Biznews and  The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. He is the former CBAA Biznews’ Editor-in-Chief. 


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How much does a senator earn?



(Keynote speech on 15 July 2013 at the opening ceremonies of the 2013 National Accountancy Week celebration by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City.)

The principle of fiscal transparency is defined by the International Monetary Fund as: “the clarity, reliability, frequency, timeliness, and relevance of public fiscal reporting and the openness to the public of the government’s fiscal policy-making process.”

In a culture of corruption, fiscal transparency helps to check corruption in high office by enabling the people to hold the government, and particularly the Senate, to account for its fiscal performance and the use of public resources. Government transparency is also defined as the ability of the Filipino public to gain access to the facts, figures, documents, decisions, and other aspects of government.

History shows that corrupt governments have always sought to limit transparency. Controlling information is central to maintaining political power. Hence, leaders of authoritarian regimes refused to explain the mechanics of the state apparatus to their subjects.

All these changed with the American Revolution in 1771-83, and with the French Revolution in 1789-99. As a result, transparency entered the political discourse as a priority for governments and citizens. The modern paradigms of transparency are: the system of checks and balances among the three branches of government; and the role of the press in fighting for increased access to public officials and their public policy decisions.

I take this opportunity to reiterate my support for the Freedom of Information Act. We need to increase the transparency of government actions, and the motivations of public officials, specially senators.

I wish to make it of record that I am against certain exceptions to transparency, because I believe that these exceptions constitute a channel for the desire of government to still protect its power through the restriction of information to the public.

Such exceptions include: bureaucratic red tape and other techniques; invoking national security; and asserting certain privileges, or hiding behind an official secrets law. All of these claimed exceptions are simply the efforts of politicians to protect their power, by not allowing the public to know their actions while they are in office.

I strongly advocate to you as distinguished members of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants to compel elected public officials to observe the principle of accountability. Specifically, every senator should acknowledge and assume responsibility for his elected position, including the responsibility to report and justify the consequences of actions taken within the scope of his role as senator. If these responsibilities are not met, then there should be sanctions for Senate officers who fail to meet their responsibility to report and justify, in using public funds.

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Author: Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

Miriam is a Judge-elect of the International Criminal Court and a member of the Senate of the Philippines. She served as the Commissioner of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation in 1988 and the Secretary of the Philippines' Department of Agrarian Reform.



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Saturday, July 13, 2013

ACT Now: CPAs celebrate National Accountancy Week 2013

The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) will celebrate the 2013 National Accountancy Week on July 14-21, 2013 with the theme "ACT Now! Accountability, Credibility and Transparency."

Throughout the week, the celebration will feature technical sessions on pressing issues faced by Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in all sectors. Keynote speeches will be given by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Senator Cynthia Villar, Senator Edgardo Angara, Jr. and Congressman Cresente Paez.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

Student| Youth Advocate | Leader | Environmental Advocate | Writer | Blogger | RH Advocate

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. — Albert Einstein
I write about darkness because I want to show the light — Jose Rizal


He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).

Paul is a BS Accountancy student at the University of Northern Philippines. He works for CBAA Biznews and  The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. He is the former CBAA Biznews’ Editor-in-Chief. 


CONTRIBUTE. Send your articles to  silentvoicepoints@yahoo.com. Subject on your email: The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. WRITE anything (any language). SHARE your views. REVIEW the latest happenings. CAPTURE every moment.

Get regular updates straight from your Facebook and Twitter accounts with The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points. Make sure that you keep informed about the latest happenings around you. Be a fan of VoicePoints page on Facebook. Join the online conversation of the people behind your history. Follow and get some tweet updates from @voicepoints on Twitter. Discuss and be a part of this changing world. We believe in your voice. We believe in you. Shout! Speak your mind! Join now! You have the right. You have the freedom!

The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points is accepting works and articles - news on our nation and the world, social issues, environment, advocacy, entertainment, trending issues and events, history, literature, reviews, travel, science and technology and discoveries. We reserve the right to edit and not to publish articles for reasons of libel and ethics. To submit, email us at silentvoicepoints@yahoo.com. Share your own stories now! 

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