Director Chona Panlilio Laxamana assumed office on January 10, 2019 as the OIC- Asst. Regional Director of COA Regional Office No. III and became its full-fledged Director III/ Asst. Regional Director on November 4, 2020. She is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive audit experience in the audit of national, corporate and local government agencies having been in the service since July 1, 1981.
Previously, she was with the Local Government Sector from 2012 to 2018 as Supervising Auditor of the Bulacan Audit Group and Pampanga Audit Group. She also served as the Regional Cluster Director of the Administration, Training and Finance Services and the Audit Group comprising of Corporate Regional Offices in Region III. In 2003, she was designated as the Regional Administrator of the Commission on Audit Regional Office No. III.
Her foreign-based audit experiences included audit engagements in Osaka, Japan; Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong. As a member of the UN audit pool, she was assigned as external auditor of the Office of the Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts of the United Nations Headquarters.
She holds a degree in Master in Management, Major in Business Management from the University of the Philippines Diliman – Extension Program in Pampanga. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Accounting from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila in 1980.