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Ben Diokno

Dr. Benjamin Diokno is currently the Budget Secretary of the Republic of the Philippines. He is concurrently Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines.
He was Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management during the Estrada Administration and Undersecretary for Budget Operations during the first Aquino Administration. Under the regime of President Corazon Aquino, Diokno was responsible for major reforms during the Freedom Constitution such as the design of the 1986 Tax Reform Program which introduced the value-added tax (VAT). Under President Estrada, he introduced the "what you see is what you get" or WYSIWIG Policy which simplified the system of fund release for the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

In an Election Year, 6.9% Economic Growth is No Big Deal

By: Ben Diokno
The Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.9 percent in the first quarter of 2016, a presidential election year. That’s nothing to brag ...

Duterte’s Economic Agenda: Doable and Comprehensive

By: Ben Diokno
President-elect Duterte was swept into the presidency not on the strength of his economic agenda but on the promise of law and order and the wiping ...

Budget as a Tool for Development or for Political Patronage and Vindictiveness PART 2

By: Ben Diokno
PART 2 of 2 Read PART 1 here. ERRORS OF OMISSION In addition to President Aquino III’s error of commission, he has committed major errors of omissio ...

Budget as a Tool for Development or for Political Patronage and Vindictiveness PART 1

By: Ben Diokno
PART 1 of 2 In the spirit of recording the contemporary experience and history of presidential leadership and governance, the University of the Phil ...

Missed Opportunities

By: Ben Diokno
The Philippine economy could have grown much faster, more decent jobs could have been created, and traffic congestion in Metropolitan Manila and oth ...

WANTED: A New Breed Of Local Government Executives

By: Ben Diokno
At the local levels, we need a new breed of local chief executives (LGEs): those who can live within their means, those who are willing to observe t ...

Choosing the Next President and Other Officials

By: Ben Diokno
Part 1 of 2 Three weeks from the now, Filipinos will choose their next set of officials – from the president, vice president, senators, congressmen ...

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