BFP attains unblemished COA opinion with perfect score in FY 2022
In a significant milestone, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) achieved an unqualified opinion from the Commission on Audit (COA) for the fiscal year 2022, securing a perfect score of 20.
According to the COA, the released report is based on the Financial Management Performance Rating stemming from the financial audit conducted during the 2022 period, led by Director Michael R. Bacani of Cluster 4, Defense and Security.
Based on the COA report, the BFP received an impressive score of 93 percent, earning an outstanding rating compared to its initial Financial Performance Rating report.
It is worth noting that the COA had previously endorsed the BFP’s initiatives to establish a modernization program to align with contemporary standards.
The COA report explicitly stated that there were no irregularities in the BFP’s efforts to establish the necessary technical requisites required to modernize its methodologies and programs, ensuring it stays abreast of the evolving landscape.
Furthermore, the COA’s report on Financial Management Performance Rating commended the BFP for its exceptional performance during the 2022 assessment.
In a related context, the COA report highlighted that in 2010, the BFP inaugurated its modernization program in compliance with the government’s Comprehensive Fire Code of 2008, a strategic step to equip the BFP with contemporary capabilities in fire response.
The report emphasized the primary objective of the government to enhance its firefighting capacity, including augmenting personnel and procuring advanced firefighting equipment to safeguard citizens from hazardous fire incidents.
Additionally, the COA report disclosed that the total funds allocated for the modernization program amounted to P13.17 billion from 2011 to 2017.
Back in 2019, Senator Bong Go introduced a bill in the Senate mandating the BFP to jumpstart the bureau’s modernization program.
The COA report underscored the compliance of the technical prerequisites for the modernization program with the COA’s performance audit findings, affirming their alignment with established standards.
Furthermore, the COA advocated for the government’s reinforcement of its fire suppression campaign in tandem with its ongoing modernization program, emphasizing the importance of enhancing fire response capabilities in contemporary times.
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