President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Rizalina Justol, a former Davao City accountant, as the new chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA), Malacañang said on Friday.

Acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said Duterte signed Justol’s appointment papers on Feb. 17.

“We wish Chairperson Justol success in COA, and assure her that the government will always be supportive of COA’s efforts to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of government funds,” he said.

Nograles said Justol was chosen after a process of confirmation that included looking into nominees’ experience, credentials, achievements and accomplishments.

Justol replaced Michael Aguinaldo, who retired earlier this month after completing his seven-year term as COA chairperson.

Before her COA assignment, Justol was deputy executive secretary for finance and administration at the Office of the President. John Ezekiel J. Hirro