Apart from the “Panunumpa ng Watawat ng Pilipinas” at “Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno”, the Integrity Pledge is envisioned to reinforce and remind COANs of their sworn duties and responsibilities as government officials. The Integrity Pledge is forefront of the programs of the present Commission Proper composed of Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, Commissioner Jose A. Fabia and Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc.
Under the initiative of Regional Director Celso L. Vocal, Asst. Regional Director Jerry K. Mero, ATFS Director Myrna B. Ofngol, Supervising Auditors Cecilia A. Pontillas and Edgardo Melendez, ATL Mila Banaag and the COA Water Districts group & Other CGS Stand Alone Agencies, the COA Region X also highlighted the November 18, 2018 Integrity Pledge with a short film entitled “Kaligdong”.
Realization is most often, like remorse, comes last. Not during that day of November 28, 2018! Early that day, I realized, Commissioner Roland C. Pondoc is virtuously persistent. His favorite idiom is, and he fondly believes that: There is no hard stone not worn down with droplets of water constantly dripping – an idiom characteristic of persistence. It is amazing to think that tiny droplets of water group themselves as a team to unitely persistently and tirelessly drip down the hardest of stones until holes wear them out, soften and brittle. Commissioner Pondoc related. The famous author Ovid, thought the same way that dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. A similar aphorism in English goes: “Little strokes fell great oaks.”
I shared with him parallel ideas from the Scripture, which I shared also in the Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker. Commissioner Pondoc was keynote speaker. The Scripture is rich with parables on persistence. One, is the parable of the persistent widow and the judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. For some time the corrupt judge refused the widow’s plea for justice against her adversary. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me.“ Another, is the parable about friends. A friend at midnight approaching a friend to help another friend coming from a journey. Even though that friend asked for help by a friend to help another friend will not get up and help because of friendship, yet because of the friend’s shameless persistence, he will surely get up and give as much help is needed to help his friend’s friend .
“In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:16
The birth of Jesus Christ is every Christian’s anticipated celebration every 25th of December. His coming embodies the salvation of mankind from sin as a gift of love from the Father in heaven. Commission on Audit (COA) Region 10 dazzles this merriment last November 23, 2018 at COA Regional Office with the Christmas tree lighting event.