MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Aquino appointed another University of the Philippines (UP) economic professor to the economic planning agency.
On Sunday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte announced the appointment of Emmanuel Esguerra as acting deputy director general of the National Economic Development Agency (NEDA).
Esguerra replaces Augusto B. Santos effective July 4.
The new NEDA official is a member of the UP School of Economics faculty, which has also spawned other NEDA chiefs, including current NEDA Director General Arsenio M. Balisacan as well as predecessors Cayetano Paderanga Jr. and Dante B. Canlas.
Esguerra has a strong academic background on policies affecting the Philippine economy, including employment, human development, health, fiscal health, rural poverty, among others.
He is a cum laude Economics graduate of UP and post-graduate degree from the Ohio State University. He has written several books, book chapters, and academic work on socio-economic issues.
Esguerra joins other NEDA deputy director-generals Margarita R. Songco, Nestor R. Mijares IV, and Rolando G. Tungpalan. Other NEDA officials include assistant director generals Ruperto P. Majuca, Marcelina E. Bacani and Ruben S. Reinoso Jr.
He will represent NEDA as member of the executive technical boards of three interagency committees under the NEDA Board, namely the Development Budget Coordination Committee, Social Development Committee and Committee on Tariff and Related Matters.
The NEDA Board is the country’s highest development planning and policy coordinating body. It is chaired by President Aquino, vice-chaired by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan. – Rappler.com
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